Brussels, Nov 16 (IANS) Salah Abdeslam, a Belgian-born French national wanted in connection with last week’s deadly Paris attacks, was on Monday arrested by police in Brussels, Sky News reported quoting state-run RTL broadcaster.
The 26-year-old was captured alive in an operation by Belgian special forces in Molenbeek.
Paris attack main suspect arrested (17:04)
Brussels, Nov 16 (IANS) Salah Abdeslam, a Belgian-born French national wanted in connection with last week’s deadly Paris attacks that claimed 129 lives, was on Monday reportedly arrested in Brussels.
The 26-year-old was captured alive in an operation by Belgian special forces in Molenbeek, an impoverished suburb of Brussels with a history of links to terror plots, Sky News reported citing Belgian broadcaster RTL.
Reports suggested that he was seen at a window of a building with his arms up in the air, before police used tear gas to neutralise him.
However, Belgian public broadcaster RTBF said he was not arrested.
Raids have been taking place in Molenbeek since the early hours of Monday. At least two roads were cordoned off by the police in an active standoff, CNN reported.
Seven people were arrested in relation to the Paris attacks in raids in Molenbeek
Paris Attacks: Suspected Mastermind Identified, Say Reports
PARIS: A French official has identified a Belgian, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, as the suspected mastermind of Friday’s Paris attacks which left 129 dead and hundreds injured.
Prosecutors said today they had identified two more attackers, including a Syrian and a Frenchman who was previously charged in a “terrorist” case.
A suicide bomber who blew himself up outside the Stade de France stadium is believed to be Syrian Ahmad Al Mohammad from Idlib.
A statement from the prosecutor’s office said the Syrian passport found in that name near the body “remains to be verified”, but that fingerprints matched those taken in Greece in October.
The second was 28-year-old Samy Amimour, from the suburb of Drancy outside Paris.
He was involved in the massacre of 89 people in the Bataclan concert hall, one of a spate of attacks on nightlife spots late on Friday.
Amimour “is known to anti-terrorist investigators for being charged on October 19, 2012 for conspiracy to commit terrorism” over a planned attack in Yemen that was foiled.
He violated his judicial supervision in 2013, prompting judges to issue an international arrest warrant.
His family told AFP, in an interview before Friday’s attacks in Paris took place, that he had gone to Syria in 2013.
Three members of Amimour’s family were taken into custody early on Monday, said the statement.