Salah Abdeslam, the man described in a French wanted poster as “dangerous,” is believed to be inside a building in Molenbeek, a suburb of Belgium, where police are negotiating with him via bullhorn in connection with the deadly attacks in Paris, according to a law enforcement source.
A building has been surrounded by police with an unknown number of people inside. Residents are being told to stay indoors.
The town was discovered Saturday to be home to one of the dead Paris attackers, according to a Federal Prosecutor spokesman.
Two of seven people detained were with the key suspect, Abdeslam, in Friday’s attacks, when they were stopped by police at the France-Belgium border. The police let them go because there were no BOLOs (arrest warrants) for them. Authorities later seized their car in Belgium.
Belgium’s Interior Minister said Sunday the situation in Molenbeek is out of control.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Molenbeek was a “giant problem,” according to Belgian TV Sunday, and the government should “focus more on repression.”
More than 500 Belgian nationals have left to fight in Syria, according to a Belgian database. Belgium has provided the most foreign fighters in Syria, per capital, of any European country.