Ninth Paris attack suspect arrested in Belgium

Belgian police arrest man suspected connected with Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people in November

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Belgian special forces police officer patrols a street during a police raid in central Brussels, Belgium, December 20, 2015, which is in connection with Paris terror attacks

French federal prosecutors announced on Thursday that the Belgian police have arrested a ninth suspect linked to terror attacks that hit the French capital Paris on November 13, killing 130 people.

According to a statement released by the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, the suspect - a 30-year old Belgian citizen - is being held on charges of being a member of a terrorist group and taking part in assaults.

The statement also said that he had been in contact with Hasna Ait Boulahcen, who gave shelter to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the the so-called mastermind behind the Paris terror attacks.

Both Abaaoud and Boulahcen were killed in a police operation conducted in the north of Paris several days after the attacks.

On Monday, Belgian police stated that they have detained five people in two separate raids in the city of Laeken and Dansaert District believed to be connected with the Paris attacks.

However, a press release from Belgian federal prosecutor’s office announced that all of them were released later in that day, saying, "An Investigating Judge, specialized in terrorism cases, has released all five persons … after thorough interrogation by the Federal Judicial Police."

"The investigation continues," it added.

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