Salah Abdeslam captured in police raid in Brussels
Saturday, 19 March 2016
The main suspect in the terrors attacks in Paris last November, Salah Abdeslam, was arrested on Friday afternoon in Brussels. Abdeslam, who has been on the run since the terror attacks, was shot in the knee and captured after fleeing a house on the Rue des Quatre-Vents in Molenbeek.
His fingerprints had been found in an apartment in Forest which was raided by the French and Belgian police three days earlier.
The Belgian federal prosecutor welcomes that Salah Abdeslam was found alive on Friday. “After the attacks in Paris, there was definitely pressure on our shoulders, now they have been partially lifted,” said the spokesman for the federal prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt.
Friday’s capture could easily have ended in a failure. Several Belgian media were aware of the fact fact that Abdeslam’s fingerprints had been found in the apartment raided in Forest but did not report it at the request of the federal prosecutor.
Abdeslam and another suspect were taken to the Saint-Pierre Hospital in Brussels for treatment of their injuries. They left the hospital on Saturday morning and were interrogated by investigators during the morning. Abdeslam and four other suspects were brought at 12.30 in front of a judge who will decide on their arrest.