Bratislava, April 6 (TASR) – Salah Abdeslam, one of the masterminds behind the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris in November 2015, is thought to have visited Slovakia for three weeks in the summer of last year, aktuality.sk website reports on Tuesday, referring to two independent sources from the Slovak Interior Ministry.
According to the website’s information, which is supposed to have come from foreign secret services, Abdeslam 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.
The Interior Ministry hasn’t made any official comments on the reports.
Abdeslam, a French national of Moroccan origin, is reported to have provided vehicles and hotel rooms for the attackers in Paris. It’s thought that he originally intended to take part in the carnage himself but later changed his mind. He’s currently being held by the Belgian authorities and is set to be extradited to France in order to stand trial there.