Belgium detains 2 suspects in probe over Paris attacks

Belgian soldiers patrol a Christmas market in Brussels, Belgium.
Belgian soldiers patrol a Christmas market in Brussels, Belgium. PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium has arrested two men suspected of links to the Paris attacks on Nov 13, in which 130 people were killed, the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 21).

The two men, identified as Belgian national Zakaria J., born in 1986 and Moroccan national Mustafa E., born in 1981, were arrested during two house searches in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, prosecutors said.

"Both were arrested due to their possible ties with different suspects in this case," the statement said. "The Investigating Judge will decide later today upon their possible further detention."

No arms or explosives were found during the searches, it added.