Brussels flat seen as Paris attacks bomb factory

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A Belgian prosecutor says investigators have searched an apartment in Brussels they believe served as bomb factory for the Paris attacks.

Federal prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said Friday the same residence was likely used as a hideout after the Nov. 13 attacks by fugitive suspect Salah Abdeslam.

The third-floor apartment in the Schaerbeek district was searched in December.

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office on Friday said three handmade belts that could have been intended to transport explosives, as well as bomb-making equipment, traces of TATP explosive residue and a fingerprint from Abedeslam were found there.

The Brussels prosecutor’s office says three handmade belts discovered in a December search at Rue Berge in Schaerbeek, Brussels, “could have been intended for the transport of explosives.”

They also found the fingerprint of fugitive Salah Abdeslam, wanted in connection with the attacks on Paris in November that killed 130.

Among the Paris attackers were three suicide bombers, including Abdeslam’s brother Brahim.

Belgian prosecutors say they have found handmade belts that could be used to carry explosives and the fingerprint of Paris attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam in a search of a Brussels apartment.

The search took place Dec. 10 in a third-floor apartment in the Schaerbeek neighborhood of the Belgian capital, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement Friday.

It said police also found material that could be used to make explosives as well as traces of the highly volatile explosive TATP.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the apartment had been rented under a false identify that may have been used by one of the 10 people arrested in Belgium in connection with the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 in Paris.



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