Belgian police have arrested a ninth person in connection with the 13 November terror attacks in Paris. The suspect was allegedly in contact several times with the cousin of the terror cell's ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
Authorities said the man, who they named only as Abdoullah C, born in 1985, was arrested on Tuesday (22 December) after a warrant was issued for suspected participation in the activities of a terrorist organisation (Isis).
The man is suspected of having been in contact with Hasna Ait Boulahcen, who is related to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to have planned the Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed.
Both were killed in a police raid on a flat in the Saint Denis area of Paris in the wake of the attacks. The suspect allegedly contacted Boulahcen in the wake of the Paris attacks, and before the police raid the following week.
Law enforcement sources told Reuters that they did not immediately disclose the arrest to the public so as not to alert suspected accomplices.
In the wake of the attacks, it was revealed that several of the attackers lived in the Belgian capital, Brussels. Belgian and French police have conducted thousands of raids in the search for suspected accomplices and other radicals.
One of the suspected Paris attackers, 26-year-old Saleh Abdeslam, remains on the loose.