After evading authorities for about four months, the Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam, was captured by officials in Belgium and France from Molenbeek in Brussels. Abdeslam was nabbed as part of the operation to understand and expose the terrorist networks in Europe, mostly those linked to the group behind the Paris terror – the Islamic State.
Now, Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders has said that Abdeslam’s visit has left authorities in finding a large number of weapons, indicating that the terror suspect was planning other attacks.
Addressing the global media at the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum, Reynders revealed, “He was ready to restart something in Brussels. And it’s maybe the reality because we have found a lot of weapons, heavy weapons, in the first investigations and we have found a new network around him in Brussels.”
He added that an initial probe has pointed out that more people were involved in the horrific November 2015 Paris attacks than first thought.
“After the terror attacks in Paris, I said to one TV channel in the U.S. that we were searching for around 10 people with heavy weapons. We have far more than that since November, and not only in Belgium but also in France. For the moment we have found more than 30 people involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris, but we are sure there are others,” Reynders said.
Abdeslam was said to be organising a new “network of people” to launch assaults in European countries, he added.
Meanwhile, Sven Mary, Abdeslam’s attorney said that he intended to take legal action against a French prosecutor for breaching the confidentiality of an ongoing investigation.
Mary added that Abdeslam was cooperating with Belgian authorities who had been questioning him post his capture.
However, reports pointed out that at a news conference, the prosecutor, Francois Molins had said that Abdeslam had revealed to Belgian investigators his apparent plans to detonate a suicide bomb.
The Paris attacks had killed over 130 people and left several others injured across the French capital.