Friday, March 18, 2016

Key Suspect in Paris Attacks Nabbed in Brussels; Salah Abdeslam Led on Terrorist Attacks in Nov.

Senior officials in Europe said one of at least two suspects captured in an anti-terrorist raid today (March 18, 2016) in Brussels is Salah Abdeslam, a Muslim and key figure in last year's attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded many more, according to the Washington Post website.

Abdeslam -- a 26-year-old French national who had resided in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels before the attacks -- was wounded in the leg in the raid, authorities said. He had eluded authorities since the November 13 attacks. The identity of a second person captured with him today was not immediately disclosed.

Hours after the raid, explosions were heard in a Brussels neighborhood where police were searching for another suspected terrorist, news agencies reported. Belgium's VTM television channel reported that a third suspect was arrested, but this was not confirmed by officials.

Belgian federal prosecutors said today that the fingerprints of Abdeslam -- one of Europe's most wanted men -- were found in an apartment raided by police earlier this week. They declined to give further details.

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