After a four-month search for Europe’s most-wanted fugitive, Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was captured alive by police during an anti-terror raid in Brussels.
The November 13, 2015 Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam and ISIS jihadi was shot in the leg and arrested in a large police operation in Brussel. “We got him,” the Belgian justice minister declared after confirming that Abdeslam, who has been on the run since the night of the attacks.
Abdeslam was not armed and he surrendered immediately, the Belgian prosecutors office said.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and French President François Hollande announced Abdeslam’s arrest at a joint press conference Friday night, hailing the capture as the result of intense cooperation between the two countries.
“We are aware that if this arrest is an important step, it is not the definitive conclusion,” Hollande said. “We know that the network was very large in France, Belgium, and in other European countries.”
Abdeslam is the direct link to Paris attacks and now in custody will reveal much during interrogation.
There may be some supporters of his as Abdeslam was able to elude law enforcement officials.