Belgium Starts Hunt for Driver Seen With Paris Terror Fugitive

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This undated photograph provided by Belgian Federal Police shows Mohamed Abrini who is wanted by police in connection with recent attacks in Paris, as a police investigation continues on Nov. 24, 2015.

Photograph: Belgian Federal Police via AP
  • Warrant issued for man seen with Abdeslam 2 days before attack
  • Mohamed Abrini filmed at French gas station on A1 highway

A judge in Brussels issued an arrest warrant for 30-year-old Mohamed Abrini, who was seen driving a car with fugitive Salah Abdeslam two days before the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people.

Authorities also charged an unidentified person with participating in terrorist activities, bringing the total number of people arrested under the Belgian investigation to five, according to an e-mailed statement from the prosecutor’s office.

Abrini was seen on Nov. 11 in a gas station in Ressons, France, with Abdeslam, who is believed to have been involved in the assault. Authorities stepped up their manhunt as the Belgian government has extended the highest-level terror alert for Brussels into the next week over concern an assault is imminent.

Abrini “is actively tracked down by Belgian and French police services,” according to the statement.

He’s “dangerous and probably armed,” police said.

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