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  1. Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been wounded in the leg and arrested in a raid in Brussels
  2. French President Francois Hollande says he has "total confidence" Belgium will agree to extradite Abdeslam
  3. Four other people are arrested alongside Abdeslam in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek
  4. Belgian PM Charles Michel says Europe faces "a new form of threat"

Live reporting

By Joel Gunter, Paul Kirby, Yaroslav Lukov and Claudia Allen

All times stated are UK

Second arrested suspect identified as Monir Ahmed Al Hadj

Along with Salah Abdeslam, another man suspected of involvement in the Paris attacks was arrested on Friday.

He has been identified him as Monir Ahmed Al Hadj.

Molenbeek security operation to continue into the night

Belgian officials say security operations will continue in Molenbeek into the night.

There is still heavy police presence on the streets, while some roads around the raided flat have been re-opened.

Belgian police deployed in Molenbeek
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Belgian police deployed in Molenbeek

BreakingThree family members held for sheltering Abdeslam

Belgium's federal prosecutor says that in total five people were arrested in Friday's raid, including three family members accused of sheltering Salah Abdeslam.

The prosecutor says Salah Abdeslam was arrested at about 16:40 local time (15:40 GMT); he was "slightly injured" during the arrest and taken to hospital.

Molenbeek streets around raided flat 're-opening'

Le Monde journalist Nicolas Chapuis tweets that Belgian police are beginning to re-open the area around the raided flat and allow residents to return home.

Des rues commencent à être libérées par la police a #Molenbeek, des habitants peuvent rentrer chez eux.

What do we know about Salah Abdeslam?

Salah Abdeslam

Described by Belgian media as "public enemy number 1", Abdeslam spent time in jail in 2010 for a robbery in which Paris attacker Abdelhamid Abaaoud was also implicated. Both men were from the Molenbeek district of Brussels.

The following year, Abdeslam was fired from his job as a technician for Brussels transport company STIB for repeatedly failing to turn up for work.

By early 2015, both he and his brother Brahim were known to have plans to join so-called Islamic State in Syria. Last July, Salah Abdeslam travelled to Greece in apparent preparation for the Paris attacks. 

On 9 September, he was stopped on the Hungarian border with two men. One is thought to have been Mohamed Belkaid, the Algerian gunman shot dead in Brussels on Tuesday. The other is said to be Soufiane Kayal, who was reportedly among the three men arrested on Friday.


Who were the Paris attackers?

The Belgian brothers linked to terror in France

'You got him, boys! So proud of you'

A triumphant tweet from Belgian politician Jan Jambon, who is pictured alongside Prime Minister Charles Michel in front of armed police who presumably took part in the operation in Molenbeek.

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Hollande: 'Until we have arrested all who took part, our fight is not over'

Concluding the news conference, President Hollande calls Abdeslam's arrest an "important stage" but "not the final conclusion of this story".

"There will have to be more because we know that the network was quite widespread in Belgium, in France, in other countries of Europe as well. 

"So until we have arrested all those who took part or contributed, financed that terrorist network that committed the abominable attacks, the war acts of the 13 November, our fight will not be over until then."

Hollande Michel

Michel: 'We're facing a new form of threat'

Mr Michel says security forces are facing a "new form of threat" and must "remain alert", mentioning a string of attacks across Europe in recent months.

Mr Hollande says countries must cooperate and share intelligence on terror networks. 

"We are facing very wide networks that cover several countries," he says.

Michel: Two of the suspects were armed and were wounded

Mr Michel says two of the three suspects arrested in Molenbeek were wounded. Both were armed, he says. 

He says the security operation in the Brussels suburb is ongoing.

Hollande: I have 'total confidence' Belgium will extradite Abdeslam

At a joint press conference with Belgian PM Charles Michel, Francois Hollande says Paris prosecutors will urgently request the extradition of Salah Abdeslam. Mr Hollande says he has "total confidence" that the Belgian authorities will agree.

Hollande says: "I know the Belgian authorities will respond quickly and favorably to our request for extradition."

Francois Hollande and Charles Michel pay tribute to security forces

French president Francois Hollande and Belgian PM Charles Michel are speaking now at a joint press conference now. 

MIchel has confirmed that three suspects were arrested in Friday's raids, including Salah Abdeslam, who has been formally identified. 

Both leaders paid tribute to the security forces involved in the operation.

Dramatic footage shows moment of capture

Here's the full version of the footage mentioned earlier, which shows one of the three suspects, possibly Salah Abdeslam, being arrested.

The man seen in the footage appears to be limping. We do know that Abdeslam was shot in the leg during an exchange of gunfire.

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Barack Obama congratulates Belgian PM on arrest

Belgian PM Charles Michel has tweeted an image of himself on the phone with US President Barack Obama, who called to congratulate him on Abdeslam's arrest.

Congratulations from @POTUS Belgium and France stand united in the fight against terrorism @fhollande @Elysee

Congratulations from @POTUS Belgium and France stand united in the fight against terrorism @fhollande @Elysee

Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, also tweeted his congratulations. 

Congratulations to #Belgium authorities on capture of #ISIL terrorist Saleh #Abdeslam. We will never forget his and all ISIL victims. #Paris

Salah Abdeslam 'seen as a coward by the terrorists'

Dyab Abou Jahjah, a Belgian newspaper columnist and outspoken commentator on Arab affairs, says Abdeslam is seen as a "coward" over suspicions that he decided to flee Paris instead of detonating a suicide vest.

#Salah Abdeslam, the man who is seen as a coward by the terrorists, and as a terrorist by the rest of us, is arrested alive ofcourse. #Loser

Abdeslam arrest comes a day after brother's funeral

The arrest of Salah Abdeslam comes a day after his brother Brahim, who was killed while carrying out the attacks in Paris, was buried in a discreet ceremony at the interdenominational cemetery of Schaerbeek in Brussels.

The coffin was carried by relatives and friends of the gunman.

Relatives and friends carry the coffin of Brahim Abdeslam, one of the attackers of the November 13 Paris attacks,

Gunfire rings out during raid

A passerby captured the sounds of automatic gunfire during the raid in Molenbeek.

Explosion heard in Molenbeek following raid

Abdeslam 'formally identified', will appear before judge

Abdeslam has now been formally identified by his fingerprints, Le Monde reports. 

The Paris attacks suspect was wounded in the leg when he was arrested in the street early on Friday evening. 

Reports say he'll appear before a Belgian judge and will be defended by lawyer Sven Mary.

BreakingThird suspect arrested in Molenbeek - reports

A third suspect has been arrested by police in Molenbeek, Belgian media are reporting. The identity of the third person is not known.

The second suspect, arrested alongside Abdeslam, is reportedly Soufiane Kayal. 

Kayal is said to be linked to Mohamed Belkaid, the Algerian shot dead in the police raid in Brussels on Tuesday.  

More on Abdeslam's accomplices

Photos of Soufiane Kayal (L) and Samir Bouzid released in December
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Photos of Soufiane Kayal (L) and Samir Bouzid released in December

A few weeks after the 13 November Paris attacks, Belgian police issued pictures of two men described as "armed and dangerous" and named as Soufiane Kayal (L) and Samir Bouzid. 

The men were thought to have been picked up by Abdeslam when he travelled to Hungary last September. If Belgian reports are correct, Bouzid was a false identity used by Mohamed Belkaid, the Algerian gunman shot dead on Tuesday.

Footage 'shows moment Abdeslam was captured'

Footage has emerged that appears to show the moment Abdeslam was arrested by police. 

The images, broadcast first by French news channel BFM TV, show a man in what appears to be a light-coloured hoodie being dragged by police across the pavement towards a vehicle.

Abdeslam's accomplices

Belgian media report that a second man, Soufiane Kayal, was arrested with Abdeslam and a third man may still be in the Brussels flat raided early on Friday evening.

Kayal is said to be linked to Mohamed Belkaid, the Algerian shot dead in the police raid in Brussels on Tuesday.

We know two people have been on the run since the earlier Franco-Belgian police operation.

More reports of 'two large explosions' in Molenbeek after raid

More reports are appearing on Twitter and on Belgian television of two large explosions within the last half an hour or so in the vicinity of the apartment raided by police, on the Rue des Quatre Vents.

Francois Hollande-Charles Michel press conference delayed

A joint press conference by French president Francois Hollande and Belgian prime minister Charles Michel has been delayed until 20:30 local time (19:30 GMT).

Here are Francois Hollande's remarks from earlier, shortly after news of the raids broke.

Francois Hollande: 'There is a link with the attacks in Paris'

Abdeslam shot in the leg - Molenbeek deputy mayor

Ahmed El Khannouss, the deputy mayor of Molenbeek, says he's received confirmation from the Belgian federal prosecutor's office that Abdeslam was shot in the leg and detained.

Mr El Khannouss told the Associated Press that police are still searching for one person who is holed up in a house in the suburb.

He told i-Tele television earlier that there are two schools a few dozen metres from the ongoing police operation, and authorities have taken measures to secure the schools and local residents.  

Molenbeek: 'A very strange part of town'

The BBC's Alex Forsyth profiles Molenbeek, the Brussels neighbourhood where today's raid took place.

Salah Abdeslam and his brother Brahim had several business interests in the town, including a bar and a grocery shop. The bar was closed by police over suspected drug dealing in the weeks before the attacks in Paris.

'Explosions heard' in Molenbeek following raid

Le Monde journalist Nicolas Chapuis reports that the sound of grenade explosions continues in Molenbeek. 

Trois détonations entendues encore a #Molenbeek il y a quelques minutes, type grenade, pas échange de coups de feu.

Belgian PM dashes out of EU migration summit following news

Belgian PM Charles Michel was seen hurrying from a major EU summit taking place in Brussels as news broke about the raid in Molenbeek. 

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Ambulance pictured leaving the scene

An ambulance has been seen leaving the area around the raid in Molenbeek. Reports suggested that Abdeslam received medical attention at the scene following a shoot out with the police.

An ambulance car escorted by a civil police car leaves from the scene after an anti-terror operation in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels, Belgium, 18 March 2016.

Who is Salah Abdeslam?


Salah Abdeslam, 26, is a French national who was born in Brussels and later moved to Molenbeek. 

He fled Paris for Belgium hours after the carnage in Paris, which killed 130 people, and has been on the run since.

Salah Abdeslam is the suspected logistical chief behind the Paris attacks, but it is thought he may have decided against detonating his suicide vest at the last minute.

Along with his brother Brahim, who was killed in the attacks, Salah Abdeslam was well known in the suburb of Molenbeek, one of the poorest parts of Brussels and home to a large Muslim community. 

He and his brother ran a bar that was shuttered by police over suspected drug dealing two weeks before the 13 November attacks.

More: Salah and Brahim Abdeslam - Belgian brothers linked to terror in France

Leaders briefed by police

Belgian PM Charles Michel tweeted a photo of himself with French president Francois Hollande, "following police operations".

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At the scene: Damian Grammaticas in Molenbeek

'Police sources saying that Salah Abdeslam was wounded and arrested'

Who were the Paris attackers?

Salah Abdeslam was one of two Paris attacks suspects to escape alive. The whereabouts of Mohamed Abrini remains unknown.  

Paris attacks suspects

Michel and Hollande 'to make joint statement on raid'

Belgian PM Charles Michel and French President Francois Hollande will make a joint statement shortly, Belgian media report.

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'The intelligence could blow open how IS carried out the attacks'

Rukmini Callimachi, who covers IS for the the New York Times, on the significance of Abdeslam's reported capture.

1. Various media reporting Salah Abdeslam has been a) captured or b) surrounded or c) shot in a raid in Belgium. Details still unconfirmed

2. If he is taken alive, it's major development. Abdeslam is the only surviving member of 10-person ISIS team that carried out Paris attacks

3. A reminder that Abdeslam was described as the logistical chief of the Nov 13 attacks. It was he who rented the cars used in the shootings

4. It was also Abdeslam who booked the hotel rooms the fighters used. Finally it was he who dropped off the Stade de France suicide bombers

5. It's unclear why Abdeslam did not die in Paris with one report indicating he lost his cool/decided to bail, calling friend to get him

6. Regardless, if he is taken alive & if he talks, the intelligence he could share could blow open how ISIS carried out the Paris attacks