Key suspect in Paris attacks Abrini "arrested" - BBC

22:00, 08 April 2016
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The key remaining suspect in November's Paris terror attacks, Mohamed Abrini, has been arrested, BBC reports citing Belgian media say.

Belgian Police

Sources cited in Belgian media say Abrini is also likely to be the "man in the hat" seen on CCTV before the blasts in the Brussels airport departure hall on March 22, according to BBC News.

Prosecutors confirmed that several arrests had been made in connection with the Brussels attacks.

The attacks on the airport and a metro station left 32 dead.

The gun and bomb attacks in Paris on November 13 killed 130 people.

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Local media reports suggest that Abrini was arrested in the Anderlecht district of Brussels.

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Belgian authorities had on Thursday released new video footage of the "man in the hat", appealing for the public's help in finding him.

Abrini, 31, is believed to have been filmed at a petrol station with Salah Abdeslam, another arrested Paris attacks suspect, two days before the attacks there.

Abdeslam was detained in Brussels in March, days before militants launched attacks in the Belgian capital.


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