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News spread of Friday’s arrests in
Belgium and Turkey that authorities
said were linked to investigations into
last week’s attacks that killed 130 peo-
ple in the Paris area.
In the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek,
police arrested one person Friday and
searched a home, Belgium’s federal
prosecutor’s office said. A few weapons
were found, but no explosives, the office
said. No further information about the
arrest or the suspect was released.
Authorities say Molenbeek, an area
with a history of links to terror plots,
was a home base to some of the Paris
attackers, including two brothers. Those
brothers were Ibrahim Abdeslam, who
died in the attacks, and Salah Abdeslam,
who police say is on the loose.
Also Friday, Turkish authorities
arrested three people with suspected
ties to Isis, including a Belgian man
who Turkish investigators believe was
in contact with the Paris attackers, a
Turkish official said.
Reports say that Ahmet Dahmani, 26,
a Belgian national of Moroccan descent,
was arrested at a hotel in Antalya. Two
other suspects, Syrian nationals Ahmet
Tahir, 29, and Mohammed Verd, 23,
were arrested after they travelled from
Syria to meet Dahmani, authorities said.
The two were going to transport him
to Syria, authorities said. (CNN)
HARARE—Zimbabwe’s first lady says she plans
to get a “special” wheelchair for her 91-year-
old husband so that he can continue to rule.
Speaking at a political rally yesterday, Grace
Mugabe told supporters that she would get a
wheelchair for her husband, President Robert
Mugabe, to use. In the televised speech, Mugabe,
50, vowed to push the wheelchair herself, taking
a swipe at critics who say her husband is too
old to govern.
Mugabe told supporters she would ensure her
husband remains in power as long as he can still
speak. The Zimbabwean president’s critics have
questioned his ability to rule after he read the
wrong speech in parliament. Several stumbles
at public events have made headlines.
Robert Mugabe has led Zimbabwe since inde-
pendence in 1980. (AP)
WASHINGTON—As a Peace Corps
volunteer, expert in global health and
the mother of a young boy, Anita
Ashok Datar devoted her life to caring
for and helping others, her family said.
Datar, 41, of Takoma Park, Maryland,
was one of at least 19 people killed in
Friday’s terrorist attack on a hotel in
Mali, the State Department confirmed
in a statement.
No other US citizens were believed
to have died in the attack, carried out
by heavily armed Islamic extremists at
a Radisson hotel in the Malian capital
Also killed in the attack were six Russ-
ian plane crew members from a cargo
company and three senior executives
from the state-owned China Railway
Construction Corp, officials said.
“We are devastated that Anita is gone,”
her family said in a statement issued
through the State Department. (AP)
Malian security forces are
hunting three suspects con-
nected to the attack on a hotel in
the capital, Bamako, on Friday, in
which 19 were killed.
Two militants were also killed,
after special forces stormed the
hotel, freeing dozens of trapped
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic
Maghreb and its affiliate, al-
Murabitoun, said they carried
out the attack.
President Ibrahim Boubacar
Keita has declared a ten-day
state of emergency and three
days of national mourning.
But speaking outside the lux-
ury Radisson Blu hotel a day
after it was attacked the presi-
dent said that the country re-
mained open for business.
“Mali is not and will never be a
closed border zone. Paris isn’t,
Geneva isn’t, New York isn’t,
Moscow isn’t,” he said.
Gunmen entered the hotel on
Friday morning, shooting and driv-
ing their vehicle through a secu-
rity barrier, one eyewitness said.
Most of the hotel guests and
staff were freed hours later
when Malian special forces,
French special forces and off-
duty US servicemen stormed
the hotel to end the siege.
It is not clear if the suspects
now being sought took part in
the attack or were accomplices.
The exact number of gunmen
is also not known. (BBC)
PARIS—Belgium’s capital was under the
country’s highest terror alert level yester-
day—with Brussels’ subway service suspend-
ed and people warned to avoid gatherings—
as authorities warned of a possible imminent
threat a week after deadly attacks in Paris.
Specific reasons for the alert weren’t
released, but as news of the heightened security
measures spread, so did information about
four new arrests tied to the Paris probe—one
in Brussels’ Molenbeek suburb, and three in
The Belgian Interior Ministry’s crisis centre
cited only “a serious and imminent threat”
when it announced Brussels’ terror alert level
was rising to four, the country’s highest.
“We are talking of a threat of several indi-
viduals with weapons and explosives, to
launch acts, maybe even in several places
at once,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles
Michel said yesterday.
The government advised the public to avoid
places in the capital where large groups gath-
er— such as concerts, sporting events, airports
and train stations—and comply with security
checks. Michel said authorities’ main objective
is to reduce the number of large events to free
up police officers to secure Brussels.
Brussels’ streets, while not empty, were rel-
atively sparse yesterday. (CNN)
Hunt on for three suspects in Mali attack
Arrests made in
Zimbabwe’s first lady plans wheelchair for aging president
in Mali worked
...HIGH ALERT OVER ‘IMMINENT’ THREAT
Belgian Army soldiers and police patrol an
otherwise busy shopping street in Brussels
yesterday. Belgium raised its security level
to its highest degree as the manhunt
continues for extremist Salah Abdeslam who
took part in the Paris attacks. AP PHOTO
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