Date
17 August 2017
French police cordon an area on Monday after a suspected explosive belt was found in Montrouge, a week after a series of deadly attacks in Paris. Photo: Reuters
French police cordon an area on Monday after a suspected explosive belt was found in Montrouge, a week after a series of deadly attacks in Paris. Photo: Reuters

Explosives belt found in Paris suburb

A suspected suicide belt similar to those used in the Paris attacks was found Monday just south of the French capital, Agence France-Presse reported, citing sources close to the investigation.

The object was found in a rubbish bin in the suburb of Montrouge, the report said, adding that authorities are analyzing the device to confirm whether it is explosive.

Telephone data places Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the attacks who is believed to be on the run, in the same area on the night of the attacks, a source was quoted as saying.

According to the report, the belt appeared to have “the same configuration” as those used by the militants who carried out the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people.

Abdeslam is believed to have returned to Brussels from Paris hours after the attacks. He is now the subject of a massive manhunt. 

Belgium has been at the heart of investigations into the Paris attacks since French law enforcement bodies said two of the suicide bombers had lived there.

Three people had been charged in Belgium with terrorist offences, including two who traveled back with Abdeslam from Brussels.

On Monday, prosecutors said they had charged a fourth person in connection with the investigation.

Soldiers continue to patrol the streets of Brussels, which has been in lockdown since Saturday amid fears of a Paris-style attack in the city.

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