'Europe's Most Wanted Man' Taken In Brussels Raid

By Peter Mikelbank Phil Boucher
March 18, 2016 02:40 PM
Belgium Federal Police/AP

Belgian police have captured Salah Abdeslam, the alleged fugitive terrorist and one of the suspects in November’s Paris terror attacks, in a raid in Brussels on Friday, according to reports.

Abdeslam was shot in the knee during his capture in the district of Mohlenbeek and is currently in the hospital receiving treatment, according to French TV News. The network reported that Abdeslam did not resist arrest and admitted his identity to police, and that his identity was confirmed by in the hospital by his fingerprints.

According to first reports, Abdeslam and two others were arrested in an afternoon raid.

Th o Francken, a Belgian minister, tweeted “We’ve got him” after the news broke.

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Earlier in the day, Belgian authorities announced they had allegedly discovered traces of Abdeslam’s fingerprints in an apartment they had raided on Tuesday.

Abdeslam has been the subject of an intense manhunt and numerous police operations since the attacks, in which 130 people were killed.

Authorities believe Abdeslam, a Belgian-born French citizen of Moroccan ancestry, drove the car that carried a group of terrorists to the Bataclan theater, where 89 people were killed.

There were three anti-terror operations in Belgium on Friday. Five people were arrested and two police officers were injured, Belgian prosecutors said.

French President Francois Hollande and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel held a press conference on Friday after the operations.

Hollande said, “We’re also aware that this arrest is an important step, but not a definitive conclusion. Because there have been other arrests and there will have to be others. We know there is a very large network in Belgium, in France and in other European countries.”

He added, “It is very important that tonight we can have confirmation that these arrests will permit us to know the whole truth and that justice will be done. The justice of the French Republic and the justice of men and women who want to live in freedom.”

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