It’s believed that Belgian police have raided a property in Brussels in connection with the terrorist attacks in Paris.
According to reports in local media, it’s thought that three of the eight suspects who carried out the attacks in Paris lived in the Belgian capital.
Belgian TV news reported an arrest has been made in the suburb of Molenbeek today, and an image posted on Twitter purportedly shows the moment the suspect is arrested, with a man being handcuffed by plain clothes officers as he lies face down against a wall.
Picture of arrest in Molenbeek (Brussels) pic.twitter.com/xbU0c7byHi
— Victor Wouters (@vicwou) November 14, 2015
Although RTBF reports the mayor of Molenbeek, Françoise Schepmans says she can neither deny nor confirm there’s a link between the attacks in Paris and the arrest in Brussels, the website quoted a source close to the operations as saying there had been “between two and three searches, linked to the Paris attacks” and that one man had indeed been arrested.
A recent tweet from the Associated Press adds that the Minister of Justice (Belgium) Koen Geens has claimed a number of arrests have now been made in relation to the Paris attacks.
BREAKING: Belgium justice minister: "number of" arrests made in Brussels relating to Paris attacks.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 14, 2015
The news follows claims that one of the cars used by the terrorists in Paris carried a Belgian number plate, according to reports from French newspaper Le Monde.
Following the Paris attacks, which have left at least 127 people dead, French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and closed the nation’s borders.
Belgium have followed suit in the wake of Friday’s attacks, imposing additional frontier controls on road, rail and air arrivals from France, according to government officials.