Belgian police arrest man allegedly linked to Paris attacks

A Syrian and Egyptian passport were found on two other attackers who were killed on Friday.

FILE: Mourners leave candles outside of the Carillon bar in the 10th district of Paris on 14 November 2015, following a series of attacks in and around the city, leaving at least 120 people killed. Le Petit Cambodge, adjacent to the Carillon bar, was the scene of another attack, which killed at least 12 people. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Belgian police have arrested a man during searches in Brussels following the mass killings in Paris by the Islamic State (Isis) group.

Isis claimed responsibility for the attacks in which gunmen wearing suicide bombing belts killed at least 125 people in several locations in the French capital on Friday.

The public broadcaster reports that raids are continuing in the area with no word yet on whether the arrested man has been linked to last night's attacks.

It's emerged one of the gunmen who died after attacking a music hall in Paris had French nationality and was known to have ties with Islamist militants.

A Syrian and Egyptian passport were found on two other attackers who were killed on Friday.


British police said the evacuation of London's Gatwick Airport earlier on Saturday was connected to the discovery of a possible firearm in a bin and a 41-year-old man from France had been arrested.

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Police said that they had arrested the man from Vendome in France at Gatwick, 30 miles south of London, on suspicion of firearms offences and they were carrying out a forensic examination of the weapon, whose viability had yet to been established.

"The man is being interviewed as we try to determine the circumstances of the incident, but at this time it is too early to say what his intentions, if any, were," Sussex Police detective superintendent Nick May said in a statement.


A man arrested in Germany's southern state of Bavaria in early November after guns and explosives were found in his car may be linked to the killings, Bavaria's state premier said on Saturday.

"We have an arrest ... where there are reasonable grounds for presuming that it might be related to the matter," Horst Seehofer said in a speech at a local party congress of the Christian Democrats.

Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the 51-year-old from Montenegro had an address in Paris as destination in his vehicle navigation system and that as far as he knew the French authorities had been informed about it.

"Whether that means there is a connection [to the attacks] or not is being investigated," de Maiziere said after an emergency meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel's security cabinet in Berlin.

A spokesperson for the Bavarian police said the man had been arrested on 5 November on a motorway near the town of Rosenheim after investigators found eight machine guns, several handguns and explosives in his VW Golf. He is being held at Traunstein, a small city in the southeast of Bavaria, while investigations continue.

Analysis of the man's navigation system found that he drove from Montenegro via Croatia, Slovenia and Austria to Germany. Asked about his destination, the man said he wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, police said.

De Maiziere also said more extremists could be on the run in Germany, though he gave no specific reason for thinking this.

The minister confirmed German police had contacted French authorities after the arrest, but said it was not clear yet if the man was linked to the attackers in Paris and warned against premature conclusions.

De Maiziere also said it was not yet known by the authorities if the eight known perpetrators of the Paris attacks had accomplices.

Since last night, German authorities had been advised to implement measures to heighten security, such as stricter controls for air and train travel, the minister said.