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Paris attack suspect captured in police raid

Paris attack suspect captured in police raid

One of the main suspects in the Paris attacks from last November, Salah Abdeslam, has been captured in a security operation in Brussels this evening.

The Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken, confirmed the news on Twitter.

He simply tweeted: "We got him".

One other suspect was shot dead in the operation and another wounded, the Derniere Heure paper said on its website.

It is reported Abdeslam was shot in the legs and has been taken to hospital under heavy security.

Salah Abdeslam

At least one suspect is still understood to still be holed up inside the building.

Belgian Police descended in force to search a residence in the Molenbeek neighbourhood of Brussels. French President Francois Hollande said it was not possible at this stage to confirm if the arrested man was the terror mastermind.

Mr Hollande told reporters in Brussels that he would not give details on the "operation that is under way".

He confirmed that the person being sought was linked to the Paris attacks, but that any speculation over the fate of the individual would run counter to efforts "to stop or neutralise this individual".

Belgian federal prosecutors today confirmed that they found Salah Abdeslam's fingerprints, a prime suspect following the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, in a Brussels raid on Tuesday.

As events unfolded, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel rushed out of a European Union summit, and was expected to be joined at Belgian government offices by Interior Minister Jan Jambon, RTBF said.

The summit was taking place just 10km away from the site of the operation.

A spokesperson for the White House said the US government had used extensive resources to help European authorities track the terrorist suspects since last November's attacks.