June 27, 2019 / 10:43 AM / 2 months ago

Germany arrests suspect linked to 2015 Paris attacks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has arrested a Bosnian man suspected of involvement in Islamic State attacks in Paris four years ago that killed 130 people, prosecutors in the eastern state of Saxony said on Thursday.

The 39-year-old suspect was arrested last week, prosecutors said, after an investigation into three Bosnians suspected of breaching Germany’s War Weapons Control Act, which regulates the manufacturing, sale, and transport of arms used in conflicts.

Belgium had issued a European arrest warrant for the arrested man on suspicion of supporting the militants who carried out the attacks in Paris in 2015 and in Belgium a year later.

The man is in custody prior to extradition, prosecutors said. They gave no details about when he would be extradited. Special police units found no weapons in his possession when he was arrested, the prosecutors said,

German investigators were still looking into the activities of the two other Bosnian nationals with links to the arrested suspect.

The prime surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year in Belgium over a shootout with police in Brussels.

Abdeslam is in a French prison awaiting trial for his role in the attacks in Paris in November 2015. His trial may not start until late 2020.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr, editing by Larry King

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