Salah Abdeslam, the most wanted man involved in the Paris attacks of November 13, has been arrested after a raid in Molenbeek. The “Scarlet Pimpernel” of Bataclan managed to hide for four months.
After the attacks in Paris, in fact, Salah managed to leave France and reach Belgium together with two accomplices, avoiding three block posts of the French gendarmerie. Latest images available of him, show him in the company of two young men at a gas station, as they were filling up the tank of their car.
Once they reached Brussels – the city that seemed to be ghostly because of the curfew and the terror alert of highest levels -, Salah took cover in the Molenbeek district. There, they lost track of him, so much so that they began to suspect that he went back to Syria. This hypothesis, however, has been completely demolished by the events of the last few days. Several days ago, the Belgian and French law enforcement conducted a raid in the Forest neighborhood. During the operation, a gun battle began in which four policemen were injured and two suspects managed to escape. Brussels’ public prosecutor’s office had informed that the Salah Abdeslam’s footprints had been found inside the apartment they had searched.
On Friday, during an operation of the Belgian Special Forces, which included a series of simultaneous raids in several locations in Brussels, there was a shootout in Molenbeek. One of the suspects was killed in the firefight, while two others – one of whom was Salah -, despite they had been wounded, managed to escape and barricade themselves in an apartment. The operation ended with the arrest of the most wanted men involved in the Paris massacres together with his accomplice.