Five arrested in Belgium in connection to Paris attacks

BRUSSELS,  Police in Belgium arrested five people after two raids in connection to deadly attacks in Paris.

Police in Belgium arrested five people after two raids in connection to the November Islamic State attacks in Paris. Police did not find any weapons or explosives in either search. File photo by Jerome Groisard/MI/DICOM//UPI | License Photo
Police in Belgium arrested five people after two raids in connection to the November Islamic State attacks in Paris. Police did not find any weapons or explosives in either search. File photo by Jerome Groisard/MI/DICOM//UPI | License Photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A raid took place Monday morning in the Laeken district, where two were arrested. Another raid occurred Sunday night, where two brothers and a friend were arrested in Brussels after a five hour search in the heart of the city.

Sunday’s search was conducted at about 6 p.m. in the Sleutelstraat, near the Dansaertstraat and the Beurs districts in central Brussels, after police received information that somebody received a text message from one of the men who participated in the Nov. 13 attacks that killed at least 130 people in Paris.

The text message allegedly sent by one of the gunmen read: “We are about to start.” Police did not find any weapons or explosives in either search.

Police believe the brothers may be involved but it is not clear to whom the text message was sent. A cell phone found in a garbage bin near the Bataclan concert hall, where most people were killed, had several text messages sent to Belgium, including one saying “We have left” and another saying “We are about to start.”

French and Belgian authorities believe the militants in Paris had several accomplices operating outside of France, particularly in Brussels. Officials are still hunting down Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam, 26, who is directly accused of involvement in the Paris attacks.

By Andrew V. Pestano

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