Obama congratulates foreign leaders on Paris suspect’s arrest

President Obama on Friday phoned Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and French President François Hollande to congratulate them on the arrest of a suspect in last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

“The president commended the work of Belgian security services and noted that this significant arrest was the result of hard work and close cooperation between Belgian and French law enforcement authorities,” the White House said in a statement.

{mosads}Obama also pledged continued U.S. assistance in the investigation into the Paris attacks.

The arrest of the suspect, Salah Abdeslam, is a major development in the investigation into last November’s strikes in Paris, which shook the Western world. 

Abdeslam, 26, was injured in a shootout with authorities Brussels, but he survived and was taken into custody. Two others were wounded in the raid, according to news reports. 

Five people were detained in the operation, including three who harbored Abdeslam, according to The Associated Press. 

The series of coordinated attacks across Paris in November killed 130 people. 

Authorities believe Abdeslam played a role in planning the attacks and helped escort three suicide bombers who detonated explosives outside of a soccer game in the French capital.

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