Brussels Anti-terror Raids, 16 Suspects Linked to Paris Attacks Arrested

November 22, 2015 Security forces are seen on security duty inside Galerie de la Reine in the Belgian Brussels.
November 22, 2015 Security forces are seen on security duty inside Galerie de la Reine in the Belgian Brussels.
November 22, 2015 Security forces are seen on security duty inside Galerie de la Reine in the Belgian Brussels.

OSINT SUMMARY

Sunday 22nd November 2015, Brussels police concluded the manhunt operations targeting the Paris attack perpetrators by arresting 16 suspects.

As the operation came to an end, one of the top Paris massacre suspect Salah Abdeslam was not among those detained and is still at large.

Speaking early Monday 23rd November 2015, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Salah Abdeslam is believed to have crossed into Belgium on November 14 and thus Brussels would remain at maxim terror alert.

Security has been heightened across the capital and learning institutions, universities, schools and metro stations would remain closed and guarded citing “serious and imminent” threat looming.

However, one of the key architects of the Paris attacks that left 130 people killed and scores wounded, Abdel Hamid Abaaoud, was killed Wednesday in a police raid in a northern Paris suburb.

Salah Abdeslam, a Belgian national French police are searching for in connection with Paris terror attacks.
At large – Salah Abdeslam, a Belgian national French police are searching for in connection with Paris terror attacks.

While briefing the media on Sunday, Federal Prosecutor Spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt confirmed the arrest of 16 suspects in the multiple police operations and stressed Belgian capital Brussels will remain at the highest level of terror alert amid possible fears of terror attacks similar to the ones orchestrated in Paris by the Islamic State Takfiris.

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