Salah captured
Salah Abdeslam was captured in a hail of bullets on Friday 18 March Police handout/Reuters

One of the Paris attackers was buried 24 hours before his younger brother and Europe's most wanted man Salah Abdeslam, was captured by Belgian police in a dramatic raid. Brahim Abdeslam's remains were laid to rest at a ceremony in the Schaerbeek area of the Belgian capital on 17 March.

The 31-year-old blew himself up at the Comptoir Voltaire restaurant on 18 November 2015, five days after a series of coordinated attacks on the French capital claimed the lives of 130 people. His suicide vest malfunctioned, killing only him, although other members of the group that included the suspected mastermind of the attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, died during the police raid.

Pictures from the burial of his brother show a man using a mobile phone to seemingly record the ceremony – which some media reports in Belgium and France have suggested was taken so his brother could witness the burial.

Others believe it may be used in Islamic State (Isis) propaganda. The Islamist group claimed responsibility for the bombings and shootings in the French capital.

While investigators were reportedly at the burial, it is unclear whether it played any role in his brother's arrest the following day. After four months on the run, the 26-year-old French national was captured during a massive police raid in the Molebeek district of Brussels around 20 miles away from the burial site, days after his fingerprints were found another flat in the city.

Salah Abdeslam has been charged with terrorism offences by Belgian authorities. His lawyer Sven Mary said he had been cooperating with police, but will fight extradition to France.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference that Belgian investigators had affirmed that Abdeslam "wanted to blow himself up at the Stade de France and that he had backed down". The revelation prompted Sven Mary to file a complaint against the Molins because he said, "a bridge had been crossed".