On Thursday, we reported that fugitive Paris terrorist Salah Abdeslam had been spotted at gay bars in Brussels in the weeks prior to the atrocities in France which killed at least 130 people.
Reports emerged that Abdeslam, who is still at large, was a frequent visitor to the Jacques Quarter, Brussels’ gayborhood:
Counter-terror agents have been questioned bar owners after the extremist was spotted on a number of occasions at the end of October in the city’s vibrant homosexual quarter. Officers are working to determine if he was scoping a target for an attack or was there to steal identification documents.
A new report sheds more light on how he was perceived there:
“We had him down as a rent boy, he was always hanging out with that kind of crowd,” said Julien, the bartender of a club Abdeslam visited last month. The owners of the club, who spoke on condition that they not be identified, recognised Abdeslam’s picture in the aftermath of the attacks and immediately alerted the police, who are now studying CCTV footage of the area.
Abdeslam also reportedly enjoyed smoking hashish and playing on PlayStation.
More than 2,000 officers have been assigned to the hunt for Abdeslam, who served as driver for one of the suicide squads.