Mohamed Abrini, Paris attacks suspect, arrested

Mohamed Abrini, Paris attacks suspect, arrested


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Mohamed Abrini, a 31-year-old Belgian from Moroccan origin, actively researched in connection with November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, has been arrested, according to the Belgian public broadcaster VRT.

The public prosecutors confirmed in a brief statement that police had made several arrests related to the Brussels attacks. Among those arrested, there was Mohamed Abrini.

According to VRT, “he is more than likely to be the man in the hat” seen on security camera footage at Brussels airport on March 22 with the two suicide bombers.

Indeed, shortly after his arrest, Belgian prosecutors say he admitted being the “man in the hat” but the facts have not been verified yet, as he could be protecting someone else.

On Thursday, investigators released new video footage of him and urged people to look for his discarded coat.

Abrini was on Europe’s most wanted list since being identified on CCTV video in a car with Salah al-Abdeslam, who is a prime suspect, arrested just two days before the Brussels attacks on March 22.

A second suspect, believed to be the man seen with the third suicide bomber on the metro, was also arrested on April 8. VRT named this man Osama Krayem, but no official confirmation has been made.

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