Paris Attacks: Abdeslam’s Capture ‘Major Blow’ To ISIS – Cazeneuve
France’s Interior Minister has said that the capture of a suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, is “a major blow” to the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Europe.
Bernard Cazeneuve said that security forces had managed to “incapacitate several individuals who are clearly extremely dangerous and totally determined.”
France is seeking suspect Abdeslam’s extradition from Belgium.
He was wounded and arrested in a dramatic raid in Brussels on Friday, after four months on the run.
French President, Francois Hollande, said Abdeslam’s arrest was “an important moment.
“The battle against terrorism does not end tonight, even though this is a victory.
“We must catch all those who allowed, organised or facilitated these attacks and we realise that they are a lot more numerous than we thought earlier and had identified,” Mr Hollande told a news conference on Friday with Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel.
Abdeslam was believed to have masterminded the Paris attacks which killed 130 people. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The suspect, a 26-year-old French national born in Brussels, had lived in the Molenbeek district of the Belgian capital before the Paris attacks.