Brussels police detained five people in connection to the Paris attacks after raiding two houses in Brussels in the past 24 hours. A first raid was conducted in Brussels center Sunday evening, in which two brothers and a third friend were taken in for questioning. The raid was carried out just meters from the Molenbeek neighborhood where Abdeslam and his brother Brahim, who blew himself up in Paris, lived, the broadcaster RTBF reported.
Monday morning, police raided a second house in Laeken, Brussels, taking in two more persons for questioning.
“A thorough analysis of phone records was the basis for this house search,” federal prosecutors said in a statement, adding that “no further details will be provided. No explosives or weapons were found.”
The Belgian prosecutors will decide whether the five will be arrested or not in the course of the day, Monday.
The raids happened in connection to the Paris attacks investigation, but main fugitive Salah Abdeslam was not believed to be the target.