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Police raid underway in Belgium
03:37 - Source: CNN

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Belgian special operations forces raid a property in Molenbeek, a Brussels suburb that has a history of links to extremism

Two of the Paris attackers hailed from Molenbeek, a Belgian prosecutor spokesman says

Seven people had been arrested earlier in raids in Molenbeek, but five have been released

CNN  — 

The search for the perpetrators of the Paris attacks has led authorities across the Belgian border to an impoverished suburb of Brussels with a history of links to terror plots.

Belgian special operations forces, clad in balaclavas and with bomb disposal robots at the ready, cordoned off two streets as they raided a property in Molenbeek, a suburb of the Belgian capital, on Monday morning, according to a CNN team at the scene.

Jean-Pascal Thoreau, a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor, later told CNN that no one was arrested in the raid.

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Earlier, Belgian state broadcaster RTBF, citing the country’s Federal Justice Department, had reported that police had made one arrest during the raid, but had not apprehended Salah Abdeslam, the French citizen at the center of a manhunt for his suspected involvement in the terror attacks.