Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been shot and arrested in a police raid in the Molenbeek area of Brussels.
“We got him,” the Belgian justice minister told reporters, confirming reports in the Belgian press that Abdeslam had been caught alive.
French president François Hollande earlier said an operation was under way in Brussels linked to the Paris attacks. Gunshots and explosions were heard in the Molenbeek area.
The police operation in Molenbeck was launched just as Belgian prosecutors confirmed that Abdeslam’s fingerprints had been found at a flat that was raided in the Forest area of Brussels on Tuesday. Two suspects fled that raid.
Prior to the Molenbeek raid Belgian federal prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said it had not been established how old the fingerprints were, or how long Abdeslam spent in the apartment.
Video from Reuters/Inform: The most-wanted fugitive from November’s Paris attacks was reportedly wounded in a shootout in Brussels on Friday. A police spokeswoman said an operation was ongoing and could not give further details. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).