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Brussels police raid home, make arrest in Paris attacks probe

Reporting | - Posted: Dec 21, 2015 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Posted: Dec 21, 2015 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Brussels police raid home, make arrest in Paris attacks probe

Belgian police officers secure an area in Brussels on November 22, 2015. Brussels will remain at the highest possible alert level with schools and metros closed over a "serious and imminent" security threat in the wake of the Paris attacks, the Belgian prime minister said. AFP PHOTO / BELGA / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK / AFP / BELGA / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK

BRUSSELS: Belgian police searched a home in the centre of Brussels on Sunday and made one arrest in connection with a probe into last month’s terror attacks in Paris, federal prosecutors said.

Belgian media reported that the detained suspect was not however fugitive Salah Abdeslam, who is one of Europe’s most wanted men over his alleged involvement in the November 13 attacks that left 130 dead in the French capital.

“A search is ongoing in Brussels, one person was taken in for questioning,” federal prosecutor spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt told AFP, confirming a report by Belgium’s RTBF broadcaster.

Special forces from the federal police have been sent to the scene, he added, declining to give further details about the suspect.

The search took place in a building on a street less than a kilometre (mile) away from Brussels’ central Grand Place square, one of the city’s most popular tourist sites.

Belgian police are still actively looking for 26-year-old, Brussels-born Abdeslam, suspected of having played a key role in the Paris attacks and understood to have returned to the Belgian capital the day after the bloodshed.

A source close to the Belgian investigation told AFP earlier Sunday that Abdeslam made it past three police checks when friends drove him from Paris to Brussels in the hours after the coordinated gun and suicide attacks.

Belgium has so far arrested eight people on suspicion of involvement in the terror assaults, which have been claimed by the Islamic State jihadist roup. – AFP

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