Sunday, November 15, 2015

Seven Paris attacks terror suspects arrested in Belgium after house raids

(Daily Star) A number of people linked to a terror cell have been detained after house searches took place in the Molenbeek district of Brussels.

Two of the seven dead terrorists were French men living in the Belgian capital - with one residing in Molenbeek.

The region is said to be a hub for religious extremism.

"There have been five arrests made linked to the attacks in Paris," said mayor Francoise Schepmans.

Reports of the sixth and seventh arrests emerged minutes later.

Armed cops swooped yesterday afternoon after being led to the area by a parking ticket found inside a hire car used by the extremists in Paris.

The VW Polo with Belgian plates was spotted near the Bataclan theatre on Friday night - where 89 Eagles of Death Metal fans were slaughtered.

Officers tracked the car and intercepted it as it crossed France into Belgium, with three people inside the vehicle arrested.

It comes as a second terrorist behind the Paris atrocities has been named as 25-year-old Syrian refugee, Ahmed Almuhamed, according to reports.

Almuhamed’s passport is said to have been found at the Stade de France after the horror unfolded on Friday, according to Serbian media.

He is alleged to have blown himself up at the Bataclan concert hall, where at least 89 people were murdered.

Almuhamed is said to have been rescued from a doomed dinghy before crossing into Europe as an asylum seeker, according to officials.

He arrived with another bomber on the Greek island of Leros on October 3, reports Serbian newspaper Blic.

Almuhamed is said to have travelled from Macedonia to Serbia on October 7 before heading for France.

The two men are said to be among eight terrorists, one as young as 15.

Syrian and Egyptian passports were found on the bodies of two of the Paris attackers.