Interpol urges 'extra vigilance at border controls' after Abdeslam arrest

19th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

Interpol on Saturday urged "extra vigilance at border contols" the day after the arrest of top Paris attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam in Belgium.

"The capture of the 26-year-old Belgian-born French national... may encourage any accomplices to attempt to flee Europe, or elsewhere," the world police body warned its 190 member countries.

"An advisory sent to all member countries... recommends enhanced checks at control points, particularly against Interpol's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database," the body based in Lyon, France, said in a statement.

"Whilst it is too soon to speculate in which direction the investigation will proceed, anyone linked to Abdeslam will be concerned that their location could be revealed and attempt to run to try and avoid detection," said Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock.

"Belgium is to be congratulated on the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, but this is just one piece in a larger puzzle," he said.

© 2016 AFP

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