Brussels police detain two after raids linked to Paris attacks

Pair to be brought before court on Monday to determine how long they can be held

Armed special forces of the police are pictured during searchings in the Rue Antoine Dansaert street in central  Brussels on Sunday night. Photograph: Nicholas Maeterlinck/Belga/AFP/Getty Images.

Armed special forces of the police are pictured during searchings in the Rue Antoine Dansaert street in central Brussels on Sunday night. Photograph: Nicholas Maeterlinck/Belga/AFP/Getty Images.

 

Belgian police have detained two people for questioning after a number of raids on properties in Brussels in an investigation linked to militant attacks in Paris that killed 130 people in November, federal prosecutors said.

The two, who were arrested near the trendy Dansaert neighbourhood in central Brussels on Sunday night, will go before a judge on Monday to determine whether they can be held further, Belgian prosecutors said.

Prosecutors did not specify what the two were suspected of but noted that the raids were carried out in connection with the Paris attacks.

Following the attacks in Paris, the focus of the investigation turned to Belgium, where several people suspected of having aided the attackers have been arrested.

Fugitive Brussels native Salah Abdeslam, who is suspected of direct involvement in the Paris attacks, is still at large.

Reuters