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Belgium detains two more Paris attacks suspects

media P¨lace de la Republique, Paris, after the November 13 attacks REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Two men linked to the Paris attacks were detained for questioning in the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek over the past two days. The investigating magistrate will decide later today whether there is enough evidence to continue holding the pair or release them, This according to the federal prosecutor's office
 

"Both were arrested due to their possible ties with different suspects in this case," a statement from the prosecutor said.

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The suspects were identified as Belgian national Zakaria J., who was born in 1986, and Moroccan national Mustafa E., who was born in 1981.

Neither weapons nor explosives were found in the raids

French President Francois Hollande has said that the Paris attacks were planned in Syria but prepared and organised in Belgium.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Last week the authorities announced that Belgian police have identified three safe houses used by key suspects including presumed ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was also a Molenbeek resident

He was killed in the French police raid days after the Paris attacks.

The Belgian authorities have formally charged 10 people in the case, including a number from Molenbeek.

Four suspects remain at large, including Salah Abdeslam who allegedly drove suicide bombers to the French national stadium outside Paris, as well as Mohamed Abrini, suspected of having helped scout out the attack sites.

Both are from Molenbeek.

 

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