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Five arrested in Brussels over Paris attacks probe

Belgian police arrested two men on Sunday night in Brussels.
Belgian police arrested two men on Sunday night in Brussels. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Belgian police have arrested a total of five people including two brothers in a series of raids in connection with last month's Paris attacks, prosecutors said on Monday.

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Police arrested the two brothers and a third person in a house raid in central Brussels on Sunday, while two others were detained in a separate search in a suburb on Monday, the federal prosecutor's office said in a statement.

According to the federal prosecutor's office, the two men were arrested during searches conducted in the neighbourhood of Dansaert which is located in the centre of the Belgian capital.

The arrests come more than five weeks since the attacks in the French capital, which were claimed by the Islamic State armed group.

Investigators are still looking for the suspect Salah Abdeslam, who it now appears, got past three police checks in France as he fled to Belgium just hours after the terror attacks.

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