Surviving attacker, 19 others, on trial for 2015 attacks that killed 130.
Paris is set to relive the ordeal of the deadly 2015 Islamic State attacks, as the trial opens today of 20 men accused of killing 130 people in coordinated attacks on a soccer stadium, cafes and a popular concert hall, the Associated Press reports.
Nine attackers, including gunmen and suicide bombers struck within minutes of each other at several locations around Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, spreading fear across the nation in the deadliest violence to hit the country since World War 2. A national state of emergency lasted two years, and many of the harshest security measures have since become law.
At the Bataclan concert hall, the scene of the worst violence, three men with submachine guns killed scores of people and took several hostages.
The only terrorist to survive, Salah Abdeslam, has refused to speak to investigators, leaving them uncertain of who planned the attacks. Abdeslam, whose brother was one of the suicide bombers, appeared in a specially built courthouse wearing a black short-sleeved shirt and black trousers, his long hair tied back.
When asked to state his profession, he declared he was “a fighter for Islamic State” after intoning a prayer.
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