One small victory in what will be a long, long war.
Salah Abdeslam, the most-wanted suspect for the Paris attacks who eluded capture for four months, has been arrested after a shootout with heavily-armed police in the Belgian capital.
“Fugitive Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam captured in anti-terror raid, officials tell AP,” Fox News, March 18, 2016:
Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive from Islamic extremist attacks in Paris in November, was arrested in Belgium’s capital Friday after four months at large, two French police officials told The Associated Press.
They said he was arrested in a major police operation in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek. Both officials are in contact with people involved in the operation and spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing operation.
Theo Francken, Belgium’s secretary of state for asylum and migration, tweeted, “We hebben hem,” which translates to English, “We got him.”
The arrest would be a dramatic turn in the investigation that has vexed European officials for months.
Abdeslam fled Paris after the Nov. 13 gun and bomb attacks that killed 130 people at a theatre, the national stadium and cafes. Most of the Paris attackers died that night, including Abdeslam’s brother Brahim, who blew himself up. The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attacks, in which Belgian nationals played key roles.
We hebben hem.
— Theo Francken (@FranckenTheo) March 18, 2016
There are few details about the raids. Francois Schepmans, the mayor of Molenbeek, said two people were injured in the operation….
“We’ve got him” was the jubilant tweet by Brussels migration minister Theo Francken as Europe’s most wanted man, Salah Abdeslam was shot but arrested alive in his home town in Brussels.