Prosecutors in Belgium say five suspects in last year’s attacks in Paris have been detained in a raid in Brussels, including fugitive Salah Abdeslam.
Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel says it is a success in the “fight against terrorism.”
French President Francois Hollande says Abdeslam has been formally identified. He congratulated the Belgian government for an operation that lasted several weeks and said the investigation is not over and more arrests will come.
Authorities say Abdeslam was among several attackers who targeted cafes, a rock concert and a stadium in Paris’ deadliest attacks in decades, which killed 130 people.
BBC reported that Abdeslam has been wounded in the leg after Friday morning’s shootout with police.
Another person was killed in the incident.
The BBC is reporting a police source has confirmed to them Salah Abdeslam has been apprehended by local officials in Belgium. He’s been wounded in the leg after a shootout. Another person died in today’s shootout. Abdeslam is a major suspect in the Paris Attacks. The November attacks killed 130 people in France’s capital.
Worrying is that #SalahAbdeslam evading capture for so long suggests a large jihadi support network in Belgium.— Brenda StoterBoscolo (@BrendaStoter) March 18, 2016