Friday, 8 April 2016

Paris attacks: Key suspect Abrini arrested in Brussels

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Media captionVideo shows Belgium terror suspect's arrest
The key remaining suspect in November's Paris terror attacks, Mohamed Abrini, has been arrested in Belgium, prosecutors have confirmed.
Belgian media say Abrini is also likely to be the "man in the hat" seen on CCTV before bomb blasts in the Brussels airport departure hall on 22 March.
Five arrests were made on Friday. One suspect, Osama K, will be investigated over the bomb attack on the metro that followed the airport bombing.
The two attacks left 32 people dead.
The gun and bomb attacks in Paris on 13 November killed 130 people.

New footage

Amateur footage said to be of Abrini's arrest shows a man being bundled into a car in Place Albert in the Anderlecht district of Brussels.
Images of suspect Mohamed AbriniImage copyrightBelgian police
Image captionAbrini was captured on CCTV (R) at a service station at Ressons in northern France while driving a car with Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam
Abrini had not been directly linked to the Brussels attacks until today.
Belgian investigators confirmed at a press conference that Abrini was among those detained. Two more suspects were arrested with him.
They said the fourth arrested man, named as Osama K, was being investigated for helping suicide bomber Khalid el-Bakraoui at the Maelbeek metro station.
Media captionProsecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said four arrests were made
The prosecutor's office said he had been filmed in Brussels buying sports bags used to hide the airport and metro station bombs.
The authorities had on Thursday released new video footage of the so-called "man in the hat", appealing for the public's help in finding him.
The individual in the footage was seen beside the two suicide bombers at Brussels airport. He left the airport shortly before the blasts.
Media captionNew video was released on Thursday of the so-called "man in the hat"
At the press conference, the investigators said they were trying to determine whether the "man in the hat" was Abrini.

Childhood friends

Abrini, 31, a Belgian national of Moroccan origin, is believed to have been filmed at a petrol station with Salah Abdeslam, another arrested Paris attacks suspect, two days before the attacks there.
Abrini and brothers Salah and Brahim Abdeslam were all childhood friends from Brussels.
Abrini is believed to have driven twice with the brothers from Belgium to Paris and back on 10 and 11 November.
Salah Abdeslam was detained in Brussels in March, days before militants launched attacks in the Belgian capital.
Brahim Abdeslam blew himself up at the Comptoir Voltaire restaurant after a shooting spree.

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