One of the suspects in the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris was shot during a gunfight in Brussels, a dramatic raid that was all caught on video.
According to CNN, suspect Salah Abdeslam was shot in the leg during the fierce gun battle on the streets of Brussels’ Molenbeek section Friday.
Abdeslam was detained and then sent to a hospital. Another man, Monir Ahmed Alaaj, was also wounded in the attack. BBC News reported he was also on a wanted list, although it was unclear whether this was for the Paris attacks. He had traveled to Germany in October with Abdeslam, where his fingerprints were taken during an identity check.
You can watch the dramatic footage here:
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The hunt for Abdeslam heated up this week after the terrorist’s fingerprints and DNA were found in another apartment in the city of Brussels that had been raided. Authorities also found a fake Syrian passport in Alaaj’s name, as well as forged Belgian identity papers under an alias.
One man, Algerian national Mohamed Belkaid, was shot dead during the Tuesday raid. Police also said they believed two suspects had escaped during that raid. It was unclear whether those men were Abdeslam and Alaaj.
French President Francois Hollande immediately confirmed that they would seek the extradition of Abdeslam, a Belgian-born French citizen, for his role in the attacks that killed 130 innocent people.
“I know the Belgian authorities will respond quickly and favorably to our request for extradition,” Hollande said. For his part, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said he would start the extradition process “as soon as possible.”
The raid furthered the reputation of the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek as a hotbed of terrorist activity. The neighborhood, which has links to almost every major Islamic terror attack on the European continent since the 1990s, apparently served as a hideout for Abdeslam since the November attacks.
“There is almost always a link with Molenbeek. That’s a gigantic problem of course,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said after the attacks.
He added that politicians in Brussels had “already taken a number of initiatives at the preventive level. But in addition, there needs to be more repression. We’re going to work hard on that.”
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