From a Belgian English-language paper, the missing terrorist from the Paris Attacks has been captured alive:
Salah Abdeslam, one of the most wanted terrorist suspects in Europe, was arrested during a special police operation in the Brussels borough of Molenbeek. This happened Friday around 5PM. Salah Abdeslam sustained a leg injury in the operation, but has been caught alive, local police confirmed to the VRT. A second suspect was also apprehended. He also sustained a leg wound. This man’s identity has not been revealed yet. There were talks of 4 different house raids, but the main operation took place in the Vierwindenstraat in Molenbeek. The raid started around 5PM and was finished around 6PM.
Journalists in the area said police were using so-called flash grenades in an attempt to get inside. This type of grenade is also known as a sound bomb or flashbang. It can give police troops an advantage over people hiding inside a house, and allow them to enter and arrest the suspects.
The operation eventually took about one hour only. Salah Abdeslam was apprehended alive. Police were hot on his heels the past days, after raiding a house in Vorst on Tuesday, where his fingerprints were discovered on a glass. Abdeslam, public enemy number 1 in Europe, was shot in the leg and taken to hospital. Another suspect was also arrested, he also sustained a shot wound in the leg.
Abdelsalam, a Belgian citizen, was one of the key figures in the Paris Attacks and one of only two suspected survivors of it and the police raids that followed. Besides handling much of the groups’ logistics, he personally transported many of the attackers from the Middle East to Europe, and rented apartments and vehicles used in the attacks under his own name. His brother was also one of the attackers and blew himself up during one of the attacks. A suicide belt believed to have been Abdelsalam’s was found undetonated in the 18th arrondissement; there were also reports that he wired money to Abaaoud before the latter’s apartment was raided.
From the NYT:
The raid on Tuesday was not an attempt to capture Mr. Abdeslam. The authorities had targeted the home, on the Rue du Dries in the Forest section of Brussels, as part of an effort to collect additional intelligence. Over the past four months, the French and Belgian police have raided dozens of buildings, scooped up troves of documents and questioned scores of suspects as part of their investigation.
The French and Belgian officers who conducted the raid were surprised to find the residence occupied. They immediately came under fire, and in the ensuing gunfight, a 35-year-old man named Mohamed Belkaid was killed, while two other people escaped. Four police officers were slightly wounded.
It was the second time the authorities had found Mr. Abdeslam’s fingerprints in an apartment in Brussels; in December his fingerprints were found in an apartment in the Schaerbeek section of Brussels, along with material that might have been used to make suicide belts.