Police anti-terror op in Brussels after Abdeslam prints found: prosecutors

18th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

Police on Friday launched a anti-terror operation in the Brussels area home to key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam whose fingerprints were found in an apartment raided this week, prosecutors said.

"A police operation is underway in Molenbeek," the Belga state news agency reported, citing the office of the federal prosecutor.

No further details were immediately available.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was seen hurriedly leaving an EU summit in Brussels, talking on his mobile phone as he got into his car surrounded by security men.

The prosecutor's office said earlier that police had found Salah's fingerprints in an appartment in the Forest district of Brussels which was raided Tuesday.

Police shot dead one suspect in the raid and two more fled, with some reports suggesting one of the them may have been Salah.

Salah's brother Brahim, who died in the November Paris attacks which left 130 people dead, was buried Thursday in a Brussels cemetery.

Abdeslam, 26, is believed to have played a key role in the killing and fled back to Belgium shortly after the attacks, slipping past heavy security.

He was holed up in Brussels for several weeks and then all trace of him vanished.

© 2016 AFP

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