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Belgian man linked to Paris terror attacks arrested in Morocco

An injured person is treated following the Paris attacks
An injured person is treated following the Paris attacks

A Belgian national who has links to ISIS and had a "direct relationship" to the Paris attackers has been arrested in Morocco.

The November 13 attacks last year by Islamic extremists killed 130 people across the city as a rock concert, stadium and cafes were targeted.

Many of those involved had Moroccan origins and links to Belgium.

The arrested man, who is of Moroccan descent, had spent time in Syria getting military training and building relationships with IS field commanders, "including the mastermind" of the Paris attacks, and others who threatened attacks in France and Belgium, the country’s interior ministry said in a statement.

The suspect was identified only by the initials J.A., and did not explain his suspected relationship to the Paris attackers.

The ministry said the man was arrested in the town of Mohammedia near Casablanca after travelling through Turkey, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. It said the suspect is under investigation.

At least one of the Paris attackers remains at large.