Mum of #ParisAttacks suicide bomber defends her son: ‘But he didn’t mean it!’

The mum of one of the suicide bombers involved in the deadly Paris attacks has insisted her son is innocent


by Kayleigh Dray |
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On Friday 13th November 2015, Paris was devastated by a series of deadly coordinated attacks, which caused the deaths of 129 people.

Suicide bomber Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, detonated his explosives outside the cafe Comptoir Voltaire, close to the scene of the Bataclan concert hall massacre.

However his mother, speaking in a family statement given outside the family home in Molenbeek, Belgium, insisted that her son "did not mean to kill anyone”.


She added: "The very fact that his suicide belt exploded without killing anyone says a lot.

"Maybe the explosives have accidentally gone off prematurely or because of stress."

Ibrahim’s siblings are also thought to have been involved in the attacks on the French capital.

His brother Mohamed Abdeslam was arrested in Molenbeek in Brussels, and their third brother, Salah, is now the object of a massive international manhunt.

A family spokesman added: "We saw them two days before the attack yet nothing indicated that they had such cruel plans."

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks across Paris, saying 'eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles' conducted a 'blessed attack on... Crusader France'.

The French defence ministry, in response to the attacks, deployed the country's warplanes to attack the Islamic State's stronghold in Syria's Raqa.

They are reported to have dropped 20 bombs, destroying a command post and a training camp.

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