Belgian prosecutors say 7 arrested over Paris attacks

There was confusion around whether the two attackers were among those arrested in Belgium.

Police forces and rescuers walk through rue Oberkampf near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, early on November 14, 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG/ BELEK - Belgian prosecutors say seven people have now been arrested following raids in Brussels and that two of the alleged Paris assailants had been living in Belgium.

A statement from the federal prosecutor's office says the two extremists are among the killers who died during Friday's massive violence that took the lives of 129 people.

More than 350 people were wounded.

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Earlier, there was confusion around whether the two attackers were among those arrested in Belgium today or if they died on Friday.

Belgian police, together with French authorities, raided a district in Brussels after two cars with Belgian registration plates were found in Paris, one near the Bataclan Concert Hall where the deadliest attack took place.


US President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate Islamic State in Syria and prevent it from carrying out attacks like those in Paris, while European leaders urged Russia to focus its military efforts on the radical Islamists.

Speaking at a G20 leaders summit in Turkey, Obama described the killings in Paris claimed by Islamic State as an attack on the civilised world and said the United States would work with France to hunt down those responsible.

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The two-day summit brings Obama and fellow world leaders just 500km from Syria, where a 4-1/2-year conflict has transformed Islamic State into a global security threat and spawned Europe's largest migration flows since World War Two.

"The skies have been darkened by the horrific attacks that took place in Paris just a day and a half ago," Obama said after meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

"We will redouble our efforts, working with other members of the coalition, to bring about a peaceful transition in Syria and to eliminate Daesh as a force that can create so much pain and suffering for people in Paris, in Ankara, and in other parts of the globe," he added, using an alternative name for Islamic State.

Obama and his Western allies now face the question of how the West should respond after Islamic State again demonstrated it posed a threat far beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

Washington already expects France to retaliate by taking on a larger role in the US-led coalition's bombing campaign against Islamic State (ISIL).

"We're confident that in the coming days and weeks, working with the French, we will be able intensify our strikes against ISIL in both Syria and Iraq to make clear there is no safe haven for these terrorists," US Deputy National security adviser Ben Rhodes said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press".

But European Council President Donald Tusk said Russia too should focus its military operations on Islamic State, rather than on the Syrian opposition battling President Bashar al-Assad, urging cooperation between Washington and Moscow.

"It should be our common aim to coordinate our actions against Daesh and for sure the cooperation between the United States and Russia is a crucial one," he said.