first published on March 18, 2016 by Will
Salah Abdeslam, the most wanted man in Europe for his role as “mastermind” behind the November 13, 2015 massacre in Paris that left 130 people dead, has been captured alive in a suburb of Brussels, Belgium.
Abdeslam is said to have been wounded in the operation that lead to his capture. His arrest comes just two days after a raid of a different Brussels neighborhood left four police personnel wounded and one suspected Islamist gunman dead. Abdeslam was suspected to be one of the people who escaped during the gun battle, as his fingerprints were found at the scene.
Belgium has become a breeding ground for Islamist radicals and has sent more fighters per capita to jihadist groups in the Middle East than any other European country. The pro-Sharia plague is concentrated in Molenbeek, the suburb of Brussels in which Abdeslam was just arrested. Belgium’s Interior Minister Jan Gambon said months before the arrest: “We don’t have control of the situation in Molenbeek at present,” in reference to the festering jihad ideology.