Nine Held as Brussels Police Widen Net in Anti-Terror Searches

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Police take part in an operation in Molenbeek, Brussels, on Nov. 16, 2015. Police expanded the search for terrorists suspects beyond the Molenbeek district today.

Photographer: Xinhua News Agency/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images
  • Police move beyond Brussels municipality of Molenbeek in raids
  • Uccle, Jette, Laeken, central district of capital all targeted

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Brussels police widened its search for terrorist suspects beyond the Molenbeek district, detaining nine in raids across the Belgian capital on Thursday.

Aside from Molenbeek, searches also included Brussels’ central district and Uccle, Jette and Laeken municipalities, Belgian federal prosecutors said Thursday in an e-mailed statement.

Prosecutors said the latest raids were linked to the Paris attacks and in particular suicide bomber Bilal Hadfi who died in Friday’s bloodbath in France.

International attention has so far focused on Molenbeek this week because the suspected mastermind of Friday’s Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, grew up in the district before joining Islamic State a few years ago. Abaaoud was killed in a police raid on his hideout on the edge of the French capital, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Thursday.

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