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Paris attacks suspect held alive in Brussels, claim authorities

Brussels - The main suspect in the ghastly Islamic extremist attacks that hit Paris in November last year has been arrested alive in Belgium's capital after four months at large. The development followed a raid

India TV News Desk [ Updated: March 18, 2016 23:53 IST ]
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Brussels - Salah Abdelsalam, the main suspect in the ghastly Islamic extremist attacks that hit Paris in November last year has been arrested alive in Belgium's capital after four months at large. The terror suspect has been shot in leg, wounded and 'retreated into a house in Molenbeek'.

The development followed a raid by the authorities who said they found the fingerprints of a fugitive Paris attacks suspect in an apartment earlier this week.

According to authorities, he was arrested today in a major police operation in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek. Both officials are in contact with people involved in the operation and spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing operation.

Abdeslam was among several attackers who targeted cafes, a rock concert and a stadium in Paris' deadliest attacks in decades, which killed 130 people.

Earlier today, French President Francois Hollande said an important police operation is underway in a Brussels neighborhood in connection with the November Islamic extremist attacks in Paris.

Hollande told reporters in Brussels today that he would not give details on the "operation that is under way."

Hollande confirmed that the person being sought was linked to the Paris attacks but that any speculation over the fate of the individual would run counter to efforts "to stop or neutralize this individual.

 

(With AP inputs)

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