Belgian Police Begin Questioning of Paris Attacks Suspect

Salah Abdeslam was lightly wounded in the operation to capture him, and has been transferred from a Brussels hospital to a detention facility.

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A photo of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, released by the French police.
A photo of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, released by the French police.Credit: Twitter screenshot
Shlomo Papirblat

Salah Abdeslam, one of the main suspects in the November Paris attacks who was caught by police over the weekend, was transferred from hospital to a Belgian police facility for detention and questioning on Saturday morning.

Abdeslam, his friend Amin Shoukry, who is also suspected of being involved in the November 13 Paris attacks, and three family members who gave them shelter were caught by police in an anti-terror raid on Friday afternoon in the Brussels quarter of Molenbeek.

Abdeslam and Shoukry were lightly wounded in the raid and were treated at the Saint-Pierre University Hospital in the Belgian capital before being taken in for questioning.

All five were arrested at a public housing apartment in a building on Quatre-Vingt Street in Molenbeek, only 700 meters away from the Abdeslam family home in which the suspect had resided in recent years.

Abdeslam's elder brother was among the suicide bombers who killed themselves in Paris during a shooting rampage in which 130 people died. The younger Abdeslam was driven back to Brussels from Paris hours later. 

Investigators believe much of the planning and preparation for the November bombing and shooting rampage in Paris was conducted in Brussels by young French and Belgian nationals, some of whom fought in Syria for Islamic State. 

The attack strained relations between Brussels and Paris, with French officials suggesting Belgium was lax in monitoring the activities of hundreds of militants returned from Syria.

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