Morocco arrests Belgian linked to Paris attackers

2016-01-18 17:57
A man reads a newspaper with a headline reading "War in the heart of Paris". (Peter Dejong, AP)

A man reads a newspaper with a headline reading "War in the heart of Paris". (Peter Dejong, AP)

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Rabat - Moroccan authorities have arrested a Belgian national suspected of involvement in November's terrorist attacks in Paris, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

A Belgian of Moroccan background was arrested in the city of Mohammadia, 100km south of the capital, Rabat.

The person - whose identity has not been released - has been linked to Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the November 13 attacks in the French capital, according to an Interior Ministry statement.

Abdeslam remains at large.

The suspect captured in Morocco was affiliated with the Syrian al-Nusra front, an al-Qaeda affiliate, before he joined the Islamic State terrorist militia, the government statement added.

The statement did not specify when the suspect was arrested.

The November attacks left 130 dead after gunmen and suicide bombers targeted a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars in nearly simultaneous actions.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian national of Moroccan origin, was suspected of masterminding and participating in the attacks. He was shot dead on November 18 during a police raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

Read more on:    belgium  |  morocco  |  france  |  paris under attack

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