Brussels, Belgium: Salah Abdeslam the key Paris attacks suspect is still in open after deceiving and dodging a series of late night police raids in Belgium though being pursued relentlessly. In an unparalleled operation, European capital of 1.2million otherwise always bustling is still under lock down for third day and under maximum terror alert on Monday with schools, universities, banks, metro still shut against what PM Charles Michel termed a “serious and imminent” risk of attacks identical to the one’s that killed 130 people in France.
Federal prosecutor spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt revealed that “Salah Abdeslam was not caught during the raids”. Brahim, Abdeslam’s 26 yr old elder brother who is suspected of playing a decisive role in the attacks blew and destroyed himself outside a Paris Bar in the November 13 attacks. In one incident a car’s driver was wounded after the vehicle drove at the police officers and officers fired in retaliation but its not yet clear if this incident is linked to the case.
Salah Abdelsalam is believed to be directly involved in Paris attacks, he is considered guilty of hiring the car that transported attackers to the Bataclan concert which resulted in killing more than 80 people. His third brother was seized but freed on Monday with his lawyer claiming this his client “hadn’t made the same life choice”.
Belgian police officers reported of carrying out 19 raids in Brussels and 3 in Charleroi, the industrial town apprehending 16 people and aiming at shutting down a terrorist net which they believe was planning an attack akin to that on Paris 10 days ago. No arms and ammunition were found during the raids.
UK PM David Cameron and French President, Francois Hollande visited Bataclan concert venue which witnessed the worst bloodshed of Paris attacks on Monday. They held talks in Elysee Palace, Paris to start a diplomatic offensive and forge an extensive anti-IS coalition. After David Cameron, Hollande is due to meet US Premier, Barak Obama on Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday and Russia’s Vladmir Putin on Thursday. The UNSC authorised “all necessary measures” to battle Jihadist menace following a tide of savage attacks, including the destruction on Russian aircraft in Egypt which killed 224 lives and the assault on a luxury hotel in Mali killing 19 people.