A suspected conspirator in the November terror attacks in Paris and the subject of a massive subsequent manhunt was reportedly captured Friday, potentially giving European authorities significant insight into the inner workings of an active Islamist terror cell.
Salah Adeslam, 26, was arrested by authorities after a shootout in the Molenbeek neighborhood in which he was wounded. French President Francois Hollande confirmed an operation was underway in Brussels that was linked to the Paris attacks before it became clear Abdeslam had been captured.
Belgian Foreign Minister Theo Francken tweeted, “We got him” shortly after news of the raid broke. President Barack Obama’s special envoy for the war against the Islamic State group, Brett McGurk, tweeted his congratulations to Belgian authorities for Abdeslam’s capture.
The raid came after police on Friday said they found the suspect’s fingerprints in a Brussels apartment raided earlier in the week. Abdeslam and his suspected co-conspirators reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.