Talk about denial.
The mother of the terrorist who blew himself up Friday in Paris said her son meant no harm to anyone and may have been suffering from stress.
Wearing a suicide vest, Ibrahim Abdeslam detonated the explosives outside the Comptoir Voltaire cafe Friday night, according to the Daily Mail — the location was near the scene of the Bataclan concert hall massacre.
Fortunately, Abdeslam was the only one killed, although a bystander was seriously injured.
Speaking to the media through a nephew, his mother insisted that her son “did not mean to kill anyone.”
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“This was not his plan, that’s for sure,” she reportedly said in response to the failed attempt. “The fact that his suicide belt exploded without killing anyone says a lot.”
It may say that the belt went off prematurely, or that Abdeslam had an itchy trigger finger. It may even imply that the terrorist, caught up in the excitement, forgot the most important aspect of being a suicide bomber — killing people other than yourself.
Speaking to the media outside the family home in the Belgium jihadist hot spot Molenbeek, the family said Abdeslam spent a lot of time in Syria.
And even though they acknowledged that he had been radicalized, they were caught off-guard by his actions Friday.
“We were really surprised that Salah was involved. Ibrahim was different,” they said. “We did see that he had been radicalized, at least in part. But not so much that we ever thought he would commit an atrocity like this.”
Because jihadists are known for their peaceful tendencies, right?
“We even saw him two days before the attacks,” the family said. “There were no signs that they has plans to do anything violent.”
Abdeslam rented a car used by the terrorists who killed diners at the Casa Nostra pizza restaurant and the La Belle Équipe cafe, the Mail reported. It was later found abandoned with a cache of weapons inside.
Brussels authorities have arrested his brother, Mohamed, and are searching for a third brother, Salah, identified by the Mail as “Europe’s most wanted man.”
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