Tracked down by a parking ticket: Terror suspects arrested in Brussels after their rental car was given a fine – as a second getaway car full of guns is found abandoned in Paris suburbs
- Anti-terror police have arrested five people in Brussels and three at Belgian border in connection with Paris attack
- Belgian police launched anti-terror raids across Brussels after intercepting car at border which was spotted in Paris
- VW Polo was seen outside Bataclan theatre and three men were arrested when police stopped it at Belgian border
- Police found a discarded parking ticket in vehicle which led police to launch raids in St Jans Molenbeek, Brussels
- Officials said today they had also discovered a black Seat Leon abandoned in France which was used in the attacks
- By DARREN BOYLE and EMMA GLANFIELD
This is the dramatic moment anti-terror police arrested several suspects in Belgium after a discarded parking ticket found in a rental car used by the terrorists in Paris led police to Brussels.
Belgian authorities swooped on the men in the St Jans Molenbeek area of Brussels at 5pm UK time yesterday – less than 19 hours after at least 129 innocent people lost their lives when gunmen and suicide bombers stormed four restaurants, a packed concert hall and a sports stadium in Paris.
Incredible footage shows armed officers swarm on at least one man and force him to kneel down as they detain him on a wall as shoppers look on.
The arrests came after a grey VW Polo car with Belgian number plates was seen close to the Bataclan theatre in Paris on Friday night – where more than 89 people were gunned down during an Eagles of Death Metal gig.
Intelligence officers traced the car – one of two vehicles used in the central Paris attacks within the space of less than an hour – and intercepted the vehicle as it crossed the border from France to Belgium on Saturday. Three people travelling in the car were arrested at the border.
Officers found a parking ticket discarded in the vehicle which had been issued by authorities in the Molenbeek district, prompting police to launch a number of raids across the community and arrest a further seven suspects thought to be linked to a terror cell.
It came as police revealed today that they had found the other vehicle used in the terror attacks – a black Seat Leon – abandoned in the Montreuil area of France. It was found to be full of a cache of weapons including three Kalashnikovs.
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