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Belgium agrees to extradite two Paris attack suspects to France

In May, France sought the extradition of Mohamed Amri, who reportedly drove to Paris after the attacks.

FILE: People are evacuated following an attack at the Bataclan concert venue in Paris, on November 13, 2015. Picture: AFP.

FRANCE - A Belgian court on Thursday cleared the extradition to France of two suspects under investigation in connection with Islamist militant attacks in Paris that killed 130 people last November, the Belgian government said.

A government statement said a Brussels appeals court "declared enforceable" European arrest warrants issued by France for Mohamed Amri and Ali Oulkadi.

The prime surviving suspect of the 13 November Paris attacks is Salah Abdeslam, a French citizen who was born and raised in Belgium.

He was captured in Brussels after a four-month manhunt on March 18 and handed over to France on 27 April.

In May, France sought the extradition of Amri, who investigators say drove to Paris shortly after the attacks to fetch Abdeslam and bring him back to Belgium, and Oulkadi, a Frenchman who lived in Brussels and is accused of driving Abdeslam on 14 November.

The Paris bomb and shooting attacks were claimed by Islamic State, as were the bombings at Brussels airport and a metro station on March 22 that killed 32 people.

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