Six Arrested In and Near Brussels; “Advanced” Terror Plot Foiled in France

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The French Interior Minister says that an “advanced” terrorist plot has been foiled. A French national suspected of being a member of a terror network was arrested northwest of Paris. CBS News Foreign Correspondent Elaine Cobbe has the latest details for CBSN.

UPDATE: The Paris suspect arrested yesterday is connected to the ringleader of the November Paris attacks. Reda Kriket, arrested yesterday, was convicted in absentia in Brussels along with Abdelhamid Abaaoud. The suspects at this time are not known to be connected to the Brussels airport attack this week.

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Belgian police arrested six people in Schaerbeek, Jette, and Brussels during raids related to their probe of Tuesday’s Islamic State suicide bombings in Brussels. The federal prosecutor’s office in Belgium reported Thursday that the arrests came during police searches in the northern Brussels neighbourhoods of Schaerbeek and the western neighborhoods of Jette, and in central Brussels.

Also in France …
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a televised address that the arrest of a suspected militant linked to a terrorist cell helped “foil a plot in France that was at an advanced stage.”

After the arrest by the French counter terrorism service, DGSI (Directorate General of Internal Security), the agency raided an apartment building on Thursday night in Argenteuil — a northwest suburb of Paris. French TV station ITele reported that explosives had been found in the man’s house.

Authorities are still searching across Belgium for the remaining perpetrator of the fatal attacks in Brussels Tuesday, which killed 31 and injured more than 250 people. Meanwhile, prosecutors have confirmed a connection between the attacks in Brussels and November’s terror attacks in Paris, France.

According to his lawyer, Belgian law enforcement officers interrogated recently captured terror suspect Salah Abdeslam for only about an hour between his arrest and the terror attacks in Brussels. Politico Europe Reporter Giulia Paravicini joins CBSN with more.

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