Suspects detained in France, Belgium after Paris killings


Six relatives of one of the alleged suicide bombers from this weekend’s deadly Paris attacks have been taken in by police for questioning, according to a French news report Sunday.

Omar Ismail Mostefai was identified as one of the bombers of the Bataclan concert hall by a print from one of his recovered fingers, Le Figaro reported.

The six arrested include his father and brother, detained on Saturday, as well as the brother’s wife. They were detained under a French procedure to obtain witness statements, but were not formal suspects.

At least 89 people died in and around the Bataclan when attackers opened fire late Friday then blew themselves up, amid coordinated attacks that killed a total of 129 people across the city.

Police also recovered a black Seat Leon in the eastern suburb of Montreuil, thought to have been used by other gunmen who attacked cafes and restaurants in the 10th and 11th arrondissements during the wave of attacks, according to news reports.

The car could have been used by surviving attackers to escape, stated in an online report without citing sources. The report drew a possible link with arrests in Brussels.

Belgian police Saturday detained a French national suspected of renting a car found near the scene of the attacks in Paris.

He was seized while driving another car through the suburb of Molenbeek, Justice Minister Koen Geens told broadcaster RTBF. Two Belgian men with him were also arrested.

The Frenchman was known to Belgian authorities who had been following his brother’s activities, Geens said.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told radio reporters the man arrested was suspected of being in Paris on Friday night.

Belgian police have launched their own investigation as at least three citizens were among those killed by the terrorists.

Friday’s attack in Paris saw eight assaults launched over about 30 minutes, at the Stade de France national sports stadium, the Bataclan concert hall, and at several restaurants and bars.

French President Francois Hollande called it an “act of war.”