Fugitive Paris Attacker Salah Abdeslam Captured, Wounded in Police Raid

Salah Abdeslam
Salah Abdeslam Belgium Federal Police via AP

Salah Abdeslam, the radicalized fugitive who along with other suspects orchestrated the horrific Paris attacks last November, was wounded and captured in a police raid in Brussels on Friday, March 18, Belgium's justice minister confirmed to Reuters.

Theo Francken, the Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, also confirmed the news via social media. "We got him," he wrote on Twitter. 

https://twitter.com/FranckenTheo/status/710874057995116545

The world's most-wanted fugitive, 26, was wounded in the leg during his shootout with police in the Molenbeek district of Brussels on Friday. Abdeslam had been wanted for 126 days after the attacks were carried out on November 13. 

Police at the scene of a security operation in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek in Brussels, Belgium, March 18, 2016.
Police at the scene of a security operation in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek in Brussels, Belgium, March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Footage from the raid showed security personnel in masks and all-black outfits posted on the block where the shootout occurred. Reporters who were on the scene shared that there was white smoke coming from one of the rooftops of a building on that street.

Prosecutors told local media that police had found Abdeslam's fingerprints at the scene of another raid in Brussels this past Tuesday, March 15. 

Abdeslam's older brother, Brahim, was one of the suicide bombers who carried out the attacks last fall. Salah was suspected as the eighth ISIS member who participated in the attacks. He fled France for Belgium after the incident took place in November.

The terrorist shootings and bombings claimed the lives of 130 people. 

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