a policeman blocks a street in Brussels where the key suspect in the bombings in Paris, Salah Abdeslam, was arrested March 18 2016 in the commune of Molenbeek St Jean (BELGA / AFP / DIRK WAEM)
Known as “public enemy number one” after the attacks that killed 130 people on 13 November, Salah Abdeslam, 26, French of Moroccan origin, was wounded in the leg and was hospitalized in the evening, according to the Belgian federal prosecutor.
“I have a thought for the victims of the attacks (. ..) in Paris and Saint-Denis because Salah Abdeslam is directly linked to the preparation, organization and unfortunately the commission of such attacks, “responded the president Francois Hollande, during a press conference with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.
List of authors or suspects the attacks in Paris (AFP / S.Blanchard / V.Breschi / A.Bommenel, sr / sim / abm)
Mr. Holland, who was in Brussels for an EU summit, said to expect “that the Belgian authorities will respond as favorably as possible, as quickly as possible” to an extradition request that is sure to be made by French justice.
“it’s normal (…) that Salah’s extradition and that the French courts deal with the case,” said the Belgian Minister of the Interior, Jan Jambon.
The Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (g) and French President Francois Hollande (d) at a joint conference in Brussels following the arrest of Salah Abdeslam , a key suspect of the attacks of Paris, in the Belgian capital this March 18, 2016 (BELGA / AFP / THIERRY ROGE)
an accomplice, whose fingerprints had been found in one of the hideouts commandos on November 13 in Auvelais (southern Belgium), was also arrested after being slightly wounded, said the prosecutor. He had used the last few months a fake Syrian passport, in the name of Monir Ahmed Alaaj, and false Belgian identity card in the name of Amine Choukri.
in addition, three “members of the family that hosted” Abdeslam in Molenbeek were arrested.
Suspecting that it housed the fugitive, the police stormed Friday afternoon against a house in the rue des Quatre Vents in Molenbeek, town became famous after the attacks of Paris for hosting several suicide bombers.
Charles Michel was then hurriedly left the EU summit with Turkey.
Photo Abdelslam Salah on the call to witness aired November 15, 2015 by the French national Police (nATIONAL POLICE / AFP / File / DSK)
by the end of the summit, Mr Hollande has come. This spectacular denouement showed that “all those who helped organized or facilitated” the attacks in Paris were “much more numerous than we had been able to think a moment, “said the french president, announcing the meeting of Defence Council at the Elysee Palace on Saturday morning
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Salah Abdeslam, radicalized petty criminal who has never fought in Syria is believed to have had at least one key role of logistics in the attacks of 13 November, claimed by the Islamic State.
a few days before the attacks, he had rented several cars and housing in the Paris region for the commando.
On the evening of 13, it conveys probably suicide bombers from the Stade de France. It is geol
Arrest in Brussels Salah Abdeslam wanted for his role in the attacks of 13 November 2015 Paris (AFP / Vincent LEFAI, Laurence SAUBADU, Alain BOMMENEL)
ocalisé in Paris, abandoning an explosive belt south of the capital, called to rescue two Brussels friends and escapes three police checkpoints on the road back to Brussels.
No certainty on its journey after November 14, when accomplices deposit it in the Brussels commune of Schaerbeek. According to press reports, there would have spent three weeks hiding in an apartment where investigators found his mark in December.
Friday, “after the customary warnings, the assault was given by the police”, described a local councilor of Molenbeek, who requested anonymity. a man “young, small with cap, fled (…) He was shot by police and taken by ambulance. “
the hunt for Salah Abdeslam accelerated sharply this week after police flushed, turning a routine search, three heavily armed men who were hiding in an apartment without water or electricity in the Brussels municipality of Forest, terraced Molenbeek.
A police officer in the town of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek Brussels where Salah Abdeslam, suspect Keyword attacks of Paris, was arrested March 18, 2016 (BELGA / AFP / DIRK WAEM)
the men fired again at police, the Kalashnikov rifle and anti -émeutes, slightly injuring four of them. one of them will be killed by a sniper, but his two accomplices managed to flee and were “actively pursued” according to prosecutors.
the police quickly discovered the “fingerprints” of Salah Abdeslam in the apartment. And the authorities will quickly realize that the shot man, Algerian Mohamed Belkaïd was “more than likely”, according to prosecutors, a man wanted for the logistical support it has given to the authors of Paris bombings under the false identity of Samir Bouzid.
in the apartment, police found a particular flag of the organization Islamic State ( EI), eleven chargers and many Kalashnikov ammunition
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it was under the false name of Samir Bouzid that the man killed was especially transferred 750 euros from Brussels to Hasna Aïtboulahcen, the cousin of one of the lieutenants of the attacks, the Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Abaaoud and cousin died on November 18 during the police assault against their hideout in Saint-Denis (north of Paris).
Salah Abdeslam has toured Europe tirelessly in September and October. It will thus be controlled with the false Samir Bouzid to the Austrian-Hungarian border September 9, 2015 and with the false Amine Chokri October 3 in Ulm, Germany.
A Soufiane Kayal, who had also presented a fake ID when checking the 9th of September, always short, as Abrini Mohamed (30 years), filmed on November 11 at a gas station on the highway between Paris and Brussels together with Salah Abdeslam.
A major operation to try to apprehend Salah Abdeslam was mounted Molenbeek three days after the attacks in Paris.
In this Brussels commune with large immigrant populations several members of the commandos who brought death to Paris grew –as Abaaoud and Abdeslam brothers of enfance– or stayed friends.
the brother of Salah, Brahim, is part of trio that has bloodied several Parisian terraces on 13 November. It was then detonated in front of a brewery. His family buried Thursday in the Muslim section of a cemetery north of Brussels.
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