Police in northeast Belgium briefly stopped a passenger train after someone reported seeing Salah Abdeslam, who is being sought in connection with last year’s terror attacks in Paris.
The incident began at around 2 p.m. local time on Monday when police received a call from someone who believed they had seen Abdeslam near and at the train station in the city of Genk, which is located in Limburg province near the border with the Netherlands.
“Police immediately responded to the scene with multiple units but was unable to find anyone that fit the description,” local police said in a brief statement.
Meanwhile, a passenger train bound for Hasselt that had departed while police responded to the call was ordered to stop at a nearby station in Bokrijk. “A thorough sweep carried out by several police units ended without any results,” police said.
Abdeslam is believed to have been directly involved in the November attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead, and has been described as Europe’s most wanted fugitive. Abdeslam traveled back into Belgium in the hours after the attacks but has been able to evade police ever since.
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