French authorities ask Belgium to transfer 4 suspects tied to #ParisAttacks

A source says the fourth suspected person Paris wants to extradite is Mohamed Bakkali.

Police officers set a security perimeter near the site where shots were fired at Belgian police, on March 15, 2016 in Brussels. The shots were fired as Belgian police carried out an operation linked to the Paris attacks, as Belgian police continue their hunt for Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the November attacks which killed 130 people, who comes from Brussels. Picture: AFP.

PARIS - French authorities have asked their Belgian counterparts to transfer four suspects currently under investigation for the Paris attacks last November, a judicial source said on Thursday.

Three of them, Mohamed Amri, Hamza Attou and Ali Oulkadi, are suspected of having helped Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect in the attacks, to escape, the source told Reuters.

The fourth suspected person Paris wants to extradite is Mohamed Bakkali, the source added.

Abdeslam is currently detained in Fleury-Merogis prison, near the French capital. He will answer the questions of one of the six investigative magistratives in charge of the case on Friday.

After his arrest in Brussels on 18 March, Abdeslam answered some investigators' questions but then exercised his right to silence following the suicide bombings in Brussels on 22 March that killed 32 people.