Belgium discovers three Paris attack safe houses

Three safe houses belonging to Paris terror attack suspects identified by Belgian police

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A street sign which reads "Henri Berge" is pictured in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek, January 8, 2016

Three safe houses, consisting of two apartments and one house, allegedly used by the suspects of the Paris terror attacks have been found by Belgian police, investigators said on Wednesday.

Summaries that the federal prosecutors had put forward suggested that the Paris attack plotters had rented an apartment in Brussels and another in the city of Charleroi at the start of September.

The third house was rented some 55 kilometres south of Brussels, in the town of Auvelais, at the start of October. The tenants allegedly gave false identities, and paid a year's rent in cash for all three houses.

DNA traces of Bilal Hadfi, an attacker who blew himself up in Paris on November 13, was found by investigators, prosecutors said.

Mattresses and fingerprints were found in the Charleroi apartment which were believed to be belonging to both Hadfi and Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian who had fought in Syria. Abdelhamid was killed after a siege in St Denis, near Paris, on Nov 18.

The house in Auvelais also contained mattresses, said the investigators.

A BMW was seen stopped near all three locations while the Seat Leon hatchback used in the Paris attacks stopped near the suspected safe houses in Charleroi and Auvelais, investigators said.

Last week, prosecutors had established that they found a factory associated with the Paris attacks in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek, traces of explosives and handmade belts were discovered.

TRTWorld, Reuters