Most Wanted Man in Europe Is Captured

Salah Abdeslam allegedly played role in Paris attacks
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2016 1:01 PM CDT
Most Wanted Man in Europe Is Captured
Police officers guard an entrance of a school during a raid in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels, Belgium, Friday March 18, 2016.   (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris terror attacks and Europe's most wanted man, was captured alive Friday during a raid in Brussels, Belgian counterterrorism sources tell CNN and the AP. The 26-year-old was believed to be hiding out in a Brussels apartment since the Nov. 13 attacks, and a raid on that apartment earlier this week turned up Abdeslam's fingerprints and DNA. But two people escaped that raid, apparently including Abdeslam. (One person, an Algerian also believed to have been involved in the Paris attacks via calls from Belgium, was killed in that raid.) Friday's raid reportedly involved a shootout that ended with Abdeslam being brought into custody.

Abdeslam is a brother of one of the suicide attackers in Paris, and he is believed to have driven three suicide bombers to one of the attack sites. "We got him," Belgium's asylum minister said about Abdeslam Friday, per Sky News. (More Salah Abdeslam stories.)

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