Kalinak: Intel on Abdeslam’s Stay in Slovakia Isn’t Entirely Precise

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Bratislava, April 6 (TASR) – Information stating that Salah Abdeslam, who is accused of playing a major role in the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris in November 2015, has a relative in Slovakia isn’t entirely precise, said Interior Minister Robert Kalinak after the Cabinet session on Wednesday.

“I’d rather not be too specific on this matter, as it’s not entirely confirmed or refuted,” said Kalinak.

The police have been working with every bit of relevant information and have been undertaking measures deemed essential. “Many aspects of the information haven’t been confirmed, some aspects have. Under no circumstances was Slovakia exposed to a terrorist threat at that time,” added Kalinak.

Aktuality.sk website earlier on Wednesday reported that Abdeslam is thought to have visited Slovakia for three weeks in the summer of last year. He was supposed to have stayed at a guest house in Nitra. His contact in Slovakia is said to have been a relative married to a Slovak woman. The website states that the Iraqi relative comes from Mosul.

Slovak police officers purportedly searched for Abdeslam in Nitra, its vicinity and in other major cities during a big night raid in November of last year.