PARIS — Four French officials have told The Associated Press that police questioned and released a fugitive suspect hours after the Paris attacks.
Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old man born in Brussels, is now the subject of an international manhunt.
A wanted notice distributed Sunday evening warns those who may see him “do not intervene yourself.”
Officials now say Abdeslam was one of three people in a car stopped by police Saturday morning, hours after the attacks that left at least 129 dead.
The questioning came hours after authorities had already identified Saleh Abdeslam as the renter of a Volkswagen Polo that was abandoned at the scene of the attack.
Three French police officials and a top French security official confirmed all that officers stopped Abdeslam and checked his ID and then let him go.
The officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly disclose details of the investigation.