Fingerprints of Paris attack fugitive found in raided Belgium flat

Fingerprints of a suspect in the Paris terrorist attacks who has been on the run since last year have been found in an apartment in Belgium raided by police, state prosecutors said Friday.

Salah Abdeslam, 26, is believed to have joined his brother and other extremists in targeting the Stade de France stadium, the Bataclan music hall, restaurants and bars during the November attacks in the French capital, which left 130 people dead and hundreds injured.

His fingerprints were found in an apartment in the southern Brussels neighbourhood of Forest where gunmen had opened fire on police during an attempted search on Tuesday, prosecutors said in a statement.

The Frenchman had previously lived in the Belgian capital Brussels. There had been media reports that he may have escaped to Syria after the attacks.

The search was carried out in connection with the investigation into the Paris attacks, but had reportedly not targeted Abdeslam.

Four police officers were injured in the incident. A 35-year-old Algerian armed with a Kalashnikov rifle was later killed, but two suspects managed to escape.

It is "more than likely" that Abdeslam was one of those who fled, the broadcaster RTBF reported, without naming a source.

Investigators also discovered a flag for the Islamic State extremist group in the apartment, as well as a large amount of ammunition.

Last update: Fri, 18/03/2016 - 15:15

More from Europe

Police suspect tear gas in London City airport "chemical incident"

Police said they suspected CS gas could have caused a "chemical incident" that led to a three-hour evacuation of ...

EU summit fails to break Belgian impasse over Canada trade deal

EU leaders ended two days of talks Friday with a failure to break a regional blockade to a landmark deal the bloc is...

Germany's economy "has many problems," Italian premier Renzi says

Germany has "many" economic problems, including a large trade surplus which violates European Union rules, the...

Tusk: EU leaders agree on need for better tools against cheap imports

EU leaders have made progress on ramping up the bloc's protection against unfairly cheap imports, European Council...

Catalonia to uphold bullfighting ban despite veto by top court

The Spanish region of Catalonia wants to uphold its ban on bullfighting despite the ban being overturned by the...