Salah Abdeslam was reportedly detained on Saturday, but officials let him go
A global manhunt is still underway for Salah Abdeslam, one of three brothers linked to Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.
Authorities said Tuesday that a car rented by Abdeslam is being inspected, the BBC reports. The car was found near Montmartre in northern Paris.
Officials have also arrested Hamza Attou and Mohammed Amri, who are accused of picking up Abdeslam in Paris and driving him to Belgium on Saturday, the day after the attacks, according to NBC News.
The men were detained after video footage allegedly showed them behind the wheel of a black Belgian rental car that stopped for a border check Saturday. However, the car was allowed to pass through the checkpoint. It’s unclear whether Abdeslam had been identified as a suspect at that point.
Attou and Amri have allegedly denied any involvement in Friday’s attack, telling investigators that Abdeslam asked them to pick him up and they obliged, NBC News reports.
On Monday, one of Abdeslam’s brothers publicly urged him to surrender. “Of course I call on him to turn himself over to the police,” Mohamed Abdeslam told BFMTV. “The best would be for him to give himself up so that justice can shed all the light on this.” Mohamed was initially detained in connection with the attacks, but was released without being charged on Monday.
A third Abdeslam brother, Ibrahim Abdeslam, died in Friday’s attack after detonating a suicide bomb.
On Tuesday, police searched two hotel rooms rented by Salah Abdeslam, according to CNN. There, they found syringes, which may have been used to make explosive vests.
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Altogether, 129 victims died in Friday’s attacks, while another 352 were injured. President François Hollande has said his country is “at war” with ISIS following the attacks.