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    Paris Attacker Arrested in Belgium

    Brussels raids: Paris attack suspect Abdeslam arrested

    • 17 minutes ago 3/18/16

    Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been wounded and arrested in a raid in Brussels, officials have said.

    They said Abdeslam, who had been on the run since the November attacks, was wounded in the leg as police moved in on a flat in the Molenbeek area.

    "We got him," said Theo Francken, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration.

    Abdeslam - one of Europe's most wanted men - is a key suspect in the jihadist attacks in Paris which 130 people died.

    Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel had to urgently leave an EU-Turkey summit as details of the operation began to emerge.
    The raid apparently continued late into the evening, as three explosions were reported recently at the scene.
    Molenbeek raid: Live updates

    Bomb factory

    Abdeslam's fingerprints were found in a Brussels flat that was raided on Tuesday.

    But Belgian prosecutors told the BBC earlier on Friday it was not clear exactly when he was at the flat because the prints could not be dated.
    One man - identified as Algerian national Mohamed Belkaid and linked to the Paris attacks - was shot dead during the raid in the southern Forest suburb on Tuesday.
    Officials said at the time they believed as many as two other suspects may have escaped.

    Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French national born in Brussels, had lived in Molenbeek before the 13 November attacks.

    Is Molenbeek a haven for Belgian jihadis?

    He is believed to have returned to Belgium immediately after the attacks, in which his brother Brahim blew himself up.

    In January, police said they may have found a bomb factory in the Schaerbeek district of Brussels used as a hideout by Abdeslam.
    Police found traces of explosives, three handmade belts and a fingerprint of the suspect.

    Abdeslam has been the subject of a massive manhunt since the attacks, claimed by militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.

    Officials have identified most of the people they believe to have carried out the assaults.

    Most of the suspects either died during the attacks or were killed in subsequent police raids.

    Parts of Brussels were sealed off for days after the Paris massacre amid fears of a major incident. A number of suspected attackers lived in the Belgian capital.

    Police have also carried out a series of raids in the city.
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    Neighbors Attack Belgian Police as They Capture Paris Bomber

    Europe’s most wanted jihadist was arrested in Belgium's capital Brussels, but some threw bottles at officers during the raid.
    Sun, March 20, 2016

    Europe’s most wanted terrorist Saleh Abdeslam was arrested March 18 just a few blocks from his family home in the Molenbeek district of Brussels. Four other people were arrested in the raid, during which Abdeslam was shot in the leg.

    Abdeslam, 26, was part of the terror cell which carried out the attacks in Paris that killed 130 last November. He escaped after the attacks. Police have been searching for him for four months. He was eventually found because of a “suspiciously large” pizza order placed to the apartment he was staying in.

    Yet some inhabitants of the Molenbeek district threw projectiles, such as bottles, at police while the raid was taking place, according to the Belgian newspaper La Libre.

    Molenbeek has been in the news since it emerged that several high-profile jihadists have links to the area or lived in it. In November 2015, Belgian Home Affairs Minister Jan Jambon said the government does not “have control of the situation in Molenbeek.”

    A Paris dawn raid on March 16 saw the arrest of four Islamist extremists who were caught with an AK-47, while a raid in Brussels saw police officers kill a Moroccan national after he opened fire on police as they raided his apartment in the Forest suburb of Brussels

    Neighbors Attack Belgian Police as They Capture Paris Bomber

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