The top suspect in last year’s deadly Paris attacks who was shot in the leg during his capture in Belgium left the hospital Saturday, Brussels’s mayor announced.
Salah Abdeslam, 26, who was seized Friday in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek along with four others, was believed to be the final suspect at large in the terror attacks that killed 130 people. Another man, Monir Ahmed Alaaj, and three members of a family that allegedly hid Abdeslam were also arrested, in the Belgian capital, Brussels, the federal prosecutor’s office said.
“The two suspected terrorists have left [the hospital] … Well done and thank you to all the personnel at the hospital and all the police forces,” Yvan Mayeur announced on Twitter Saturday morning.
He will now face police questioning and a fast-track effort to extradite him to France.
Abdeslam, a French national who had been on the run for more than four months, is subject to a European arrest warrant issued by France.
His capture brought relief to people who have seen his “wanted” poster all over two countries for months. But French President Francois Hollande warned that more arrests will come as authorities try to dismantle a network involved in the attacks that is much larger than originally suspected. Hollande is holding an emergency defense meeting in Paris on Saturday.