Ibrahim Abdeslam detonated a suicide bomb outside Comptoir Voltaire — near the Bataclan concert hall — on Friday night as part of the deadly terror attacks that rocked Paris. Today, his mother is claiming it all happened because of "stress."
And now, Ibrahim's brother Salah is a fugitive from justice after he escaped to Belgium before police could capture him after the attacks.
The Abdeslam family — rocked to their core that their sons were involved in something so heinous — spoke to reporters about the events, saying that Ibrahim carried out the attacks because he was "stressed," and that they were "shocked" and "thinking of the victims."
Ibrahim's other brother, Mohamed — who was arrested after the attacks but later released without charge — said of the tragedy:
"We didn't know anything, we have a mother here who's devastated. Of course we are thinking of the families in Paris. At no point could we have thought that my brothers were involved in this. We did not know that my brothers had been radicalized. We only found out about this on television. At no point did we think that something like this could happen."
Ibrahim and Mohamed's mother added to the conversation, discussing how her son had been "stressed" and questioning whether he had really meant to do what he did:
"This was not his plan, that's for sure. We even saw him two days before the attacks. There were no signs that they had plans to do anything violent."
Nevertheless, another unidentified family member admitted that Ibrahim had spent a long time in Syria, and they weren't that surprised that he had taken on a very different perspective from their own:
"We were really surprised that Salah was involved. Ibrahim was different. 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."
Both brothers — Ibrahim, now dead, and Salah, on the run — were on a Belgian terror watch list.