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Belgium: two people detained on terror charges over Paris attacks

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By Sarah Chappell
Belgium: two people detained on terror charges over Paris attacks

<p>Two people have been detained in Belgium on terrorism charges related to Friday’s attacks in Paris, Belgian prosecutors said on Monday.</p> <p>The pair are facing charges of leading a terrorist attack and taking part in the activities of a terrorist organisation.</p> <p>In France, 23 people have been arrested after more than 150 police searches took place on Sunday night and Monday morning in towns and cities across the country.</p> <p>At least 129 people were killed in the French capital on Friday evening when gunmen and suicide bombers launched assaults at several locations, including outside a stadium and at bars and restaurants.</p> <p>The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attacks.</p> <p>An international search has been launched to find surviving suspected attacker, Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to have fled to his native Belgium.</p> <p><strong>Live updates</strong><br /> </p> <p>A Belgian national – named as Abdelhamid Abaaoud – is suspected of being behind the massacres, according to a source close to the French investigation.</p> <p>“He appears to be the brains behind several planned attacks in Europe,” the source told Reuters, adding that Abaaoud, was the investigators’ best lead.</p> <p><strong>Euronews correspondents in Brussels captured images of an individual being detained in the Molenbeek district of the city today (16 November 2015)</strong> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tpLwPhVOzaE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p>