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The arrest of a jihadist linked to the November attacks in Paris revealed a large network operating in the Molenbeek area, the epicenter of terrorism in Brussels.
Saleh Abdeslam was confirmed by authorities as the potential 10th suicide bomber from the Paris attacks who aborted his attack and fled back to Brussels.
The Molenbeek terror network included over 30 individuals, investigators said. Abdeslam reportedly had access to weaponry that would have allowed him to conduct further attacks.
It was alarming that “despite their success in capturing Abdeslam alive,” Belgian authorities were unable “to adequately deal with a disproportionately large extremist problem,” David Wells wrote in The Interpreter on March 22.
“Of particular importance, given the implications for future attacks, is understanding how such a big group evaded detection by the authorities.”