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    Fingerprints belonging to fugitive Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam were found in an apartment raided by Belgian security forces earlier this week, the federal prosecution said Friday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Tuesday’s raid in a Brussels neighborhood of Forest ended in a shootout between anti-terror forces and a gunman who was shot down by a sniper. The shooter was later identified as Mohamed Belkaid, an Algerian who had entered the country illegally.

    Two other suspects fled the apartment. According to information obtained by Belgian broadcaster RTBF, Salah Abdeslam could have been one of the run-aways.

    Handout picture shows Belgian-born Abdeslam Salah seen on a call for witnesses notice released by the French Police Nationale information services on their twitter account, November 15, 2015.
    © REUTERS / Police Nationale/Handout
    Handout picture shows Belgian-born Abdeslam Salah seen on a call for witnesses notice released by the French Police Nationale information services on their twitter account, November 15, 2015.

    Abdeslam has been at large following a string of near-simultaneous terror attacks in the French capital on November 13. The man reportedly had second thoughts about blowing up his suicide belt and fled Paris together with two accomplices.

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