Source: Paris Terror Suspect Salah Abdeslam Captured
Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam was captured alive Friday, a Belgian counter-terrorism source told CNN.
NBC Montana reports Belgium's state broadcaster reported that the Belgian-born French citizen was injured in a shootout that ended with his capture. The Belgian counter-terrorism source said two people were wounded.
"We have him," tweeted Theo Francken, Belgium's state secretary for asylum policy and migration.
Molenbeek, the impoverished Brussels suburb where Friday's raid took place, has a reputation as a hotbed for jihadism. Several members of its large, predominantly Muslim population -- many of whom are first-, second- and third-generation immigrants from North Africa -- have been linked to terror plots and attacks.
Last fall, Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens cited Molenbeek as a place where more needs to be done to address what he called Belgium's "foreign fighter problem."
And in the immediate aftermath of the Paris attacks that left 130 dead, authorities conducted raids there and detained numerous individuals. One of them was Mohammed Abdeslam, the brother of the wanted man captured Friday, who was taken into custody and later released.
Another brother, Ibrahim Abdeslam, is believed to have been the suicide bomber who detonated explosives outside a cafe on Paris' Boulevard Voltaire.