Terrorist Abdeslam marries woman he never met in jail

Terrorist Abdeslam marries woman he never met in jail
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French terrorist Salah Abdeslam — who is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the 2015 Paris terror attacks — has married a woman he has never met, French media has reported.

According to RTL France, Abdeslam, 33, married his new wife last summer in a religious ceremony conducted entirely by telephone from Fleury-Mérogis prison, near Paris. It is believed that the woman was personally chosen by Abdeslam's 73-year-old father, Abderrahmane.

The woman's name has not been reported, although it is believed to be known to French intelligence services, who monitor all of Abdeslam's communications. It is also understood that the woman is not Abdeslaam's previous fiancée, Yasmina, with whom he broke up a few days before the Paris attacks.

Since being arrested in March 2016, Abdeslam has received love letters from numerous radicalised female admirers. Indeed, two other women were reportedly very close to marrying Abdeslam before details of their impending weddings were leaked to French media.

Abdeslam is the sole surviving member of the 10-man hit squad which carried out the infamous Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015, in which 130 people were killed and almost 500 people were injured.

Abdeslam was recently relocated to Ittre prison in Belgium, where he is awaiting trial for his alleged role in the Brussels terrorist attacks of March 22, 2016. The trial will begin on December 5.

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