Paris terror attacks: Sixteen arrested in Belgium as search for suspect continues

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 23, 2015

Police in Belgium have arrested 16 people following a raid in Brussels as the search continues for alleged Paris terror suspect, Saleh Abdeslam.

According to Sky News, a total of 19 houses were raided with one of the arrests coming after the suspect tried to ram his vehicle pass police. Shots were also fired at police in the neighbourhood of Molenbeek although no firearms or explosives were found.

It has meanwhile been reported that the city remains on high alert with of schools, universities and the Metro trains service shutting down as armed officials continue to monitor popular areas.

Belgium national Abdeslam is believed to have left Paris moments after a series of shots at restaurants and a concert venue almost three weeks ago, left 130 people dead in a siege later claimed by the Islamic State (Isis) in response to France’s joining of the attacks on Syria.

Last week, the alleged mastermind behind the attacks, Adelhamid Abaaoud, was killed by members of the French Special Forces following a seven hour shootout in a complex located in the Parisian suburb of Saint Denis. Two other suspects were also killed with one later being identified as Abaaoud’s cousin, who detonated a suicide belt as police made their way inside.

 

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