No leads on Paris terror assault found in French, Belgian raids
Dozens of French and Belgian police and military raids all day Monday failed to turn up solid leads or shed light on the Paris terrorist outrage that claimed 132 lives Friday night. No serious suspects were caught and the complicity of the people detained is in doubt. It turned out that the French police had early Saturday arrested Salah Abd Islam, described as the brother of one of the suicide bombers, and let him go. He then fled to Belgium. But a huge Belgian heavily armed police raid on the predominantly Muslim Molenbeek district of Brussels failed to net him. A third brother was one of the five out of seven suspects the Belgian police released Monday.But a huge Belgian military operation using stun guns and APCs failed to net him.
The rocket launcher and firearms discovered in one of the French raids were apparently not connected to the Paris attacks. DEBKAfile: At the end of a day of intense activity, the French and Belgian anti-terror forces look as they were groping in the dark.