Explosives, fingerprint found in Brussels point to Paris attackers

Belgian investigators found traces of explosives and the fingerprint of a key suspect in the November Paris attacks in a Brussels apartment, prosecutors said Friday, providing further indications that the terrorists had used Belgium as a base.

Belgium's federal prosecution office confirmed that belts that could be used to carry explosives were found on December 10 in an apartment in the Schaerbeek district of Brussels.

Prosecutors did not confirm media reports that the belts used in the November 13 Paris attacks were made there.

Investigators also found traces of the volatile explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) and materials that can be used to make explosives.

French prosecutors have said that the chemical was used in the suicide vests used in the Paris attacks. Perpetrators armed with the explosives and with rifles killed 130 people in restaurants, bars, a concert venue and a sports stadium that day.

A fingerprint of Salah Abdeslam, a key fugitive suspect of the attacks, was also found in the Brussels apartment.

Belgian police are still searching for two men who were allegedly travelling in Hungary with Abdeslam two months before the attacks. The two suspects had used fake Belgian identity cards.

Belgian authorities have arrested 10 people suspected of involvement in the Paris plot since November.

Last update: Fri, 08/01/2016 - 18:01

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