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Wanted Paris bomb terrorist, Abdelsalm captured alive in Belgium

Wanted Paris bomb terrorist, Abdelsalm captured alive in Belgium

Europe’s most wanted man, Salah Abdeslam, believed to be the 10th participant in the Paris terrorist attacks of November 13, was captured on Friday afternoon during a police raid in Brussels, a Belgian official said.

“We’ve got him,” Théo Francken, a Belgian minister, wrote on Twitter. The country’s two public broadcasters, VRT and RTBF, reported that Mr Abdeslam had been captured and had a leg injury, and that the raid was one of four carried out in the Belgian capital.

Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium was scheduled to make a statement at 7 p.m. local time, or 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The raid, carried out by a heavily armed phalanx of police officers, began about an hour after Belgian prosecutors announced that they had found Mr Abdeslam’s fingerprint in an apartment that was raided on Tuesday.

Of the 10 men believed to have participated directly in the attacks, which were orchestrated by the Islamic State and killed 130 people, Mr Abdeslam was the only one who was at large. The rest are dead.

Mr Michel raced from a summit meeting of European Union and Turkish leaders about the migration crisis in Europe to deal with the situation. On Twitter, he said he was monitoring the police operations with President François Hollande of France.

“There is a link with the Paris attacks,” Mr Hollande told reporters in Brussels, while declining to provide details of the police operation. “We need to let the Belgian police finish its work and wrap up the operation that is still ongoing.”

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