Belgium issues warrant for new suspect; Brussels security loosens

BRUSSELS,  Police in Belgium have issued an international arrest warrant for Mohamed Abrini, a man linked to the deadly Paris attacks, as Brussels on Wednesday began to normalize after a security crackdown.

Police in Belgium have issued an international arrest warrant for Mohamed Abrini, a man linked to the deadly Islamic State Paris attacks, as Brussels on Wednesday begins to normalize after a security crackdown. Abrini -- who is described as "dangerous and probably armed" -- is seen in the footage driving the Renault Clio vehicle that was used and then abandoned in the attacks, according to Belgian authorities. Photo courtesy of Belgian Federal Police
Police in Belgium have issued an international arrest warrant for Mohamed Abrini, a man linked to the deadly Islamic State Paris attacks, as Brussels on Wednesday begins to normalize after a security crackdown. Abrini — who is described as “dangerous and probably armed” — is seen in the footage driving the Renault Clio vehicle that was used and then abandoned in the attacks, according to Belgian authorities. Photo courtesy of Belgian Federal Police.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abrini, 30, can be seen in closed-circuit television footage at a gas station in Ressons, France, with Salah Abdeslam, 26, a key suspect in the Paris attacks. The men were at the Ressons gas station on the road toward Paris two days before the attacks.

Abrini — who is described as “dangerous and probably armed” — is seen in the footage driving the Renault Clio vehicle that was used and then abandoned in the attacks, Belgian authorities said.

At least 130 people died in the Islamic State’s coordinated attacks in Paris on Nov. 13. Nine other suspected attackers died during the onslaught, two of which remain unidentified.

At least five people in Belgium have been charged with terrorism crimes in connection to the Paris attacks. Authorities fear a similar attack could be launched on Brussels

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Although police in Belgium continue a massive manhunt for Abdeslam and Abrini, the city of Brussels has begun to spring back to life after four days of being shutdown in a security crackdown.

Brussels, the Belgian capital, remains on the highest alert level, but schools and multiple public transportation stations have reopened. Hundreds of armed police and soldiers are on patrol.

The high alert level was expected to remain in place until Monday. Belgian security authorities are looking for about 10 other suspects who could have been involved in planning other attacks, particularly against Brussels.

French President Francois Hollande was scheduled meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday as Hollande continues to push for a collaborative solution to combat the Islamic State. The French president will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

By Andrew V. Pestano

UPI