Suspected-Paris-attacker-Salah-Abdeslam-detained-in-Brussels. BRUSSELS, – Belgian police reportedly arrested Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam in the wake of a large-scale counter-terrorism raid in Brussels.
Abdeslam, wanted in connection with November’s Paris terror attacks, was reportedly one of the two injured and detained during a shootout in Molenbeek this week, according to French outlet DH.be.. The BBC has confirmed video footage it says shows Abdelslam, who was wounded in the leg, being taken into police custody.
French President François Hollande tells the BBC he believes Abdelslam, 26, will be extradited to France quickly. But, he said, the arrest does not mark the end of the investigation into the deadly Paris attacks.
“We must catch all those who allowed, organized or facilitated these attacks and we realize that they are a lot more numerous than we thought earlier and had identified,” Hollande said.
Four others have been taken into custody along with Abdelslam, including an alleged accomplice, Monir Ahmed al-Hadj, along with three members of his family. A third man believed to have direct ties to the attack, identified by Belgian police as Mohamed Belkaid, an Algerian national, was killed in the gunfight, police said.
On Friday, police announced the existence of fingerprints belonging to Abdeslam in an apartment in the Forest area of Brussels.
Authorities believe Abdeslam escaped Tuesday’s raid, which left another suspect dead and at least three officers injured.
“We can confirm that fingerprints of Salah Abdeslam were found in the apartment in [the Brussels district of] Forest,” said federal prosecutor spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt, according to BBC.
The counter-terrorism raid comes as a result of an ongoing search for those involved in the deadly attacks in multiple Parisian locations in November, including the Bataclan concert hall. A total of 130 people died as a result of the attacks.
It is suspected Abdeslam used the raided apartment as a hiding place since the Nov. 13 attacks.
By Marilyn Malara and Eric DuVall