Officials said the 26-year-old was injured in the shootout in the Molenbeek area of Brussels but the injuries are not life-threatening. He is believed to be one of the masterminds behind the attack that killed 130 people, and was the only suspect alive and still on the loose.
A Belgian politician tweeted out confirmation that Abdeslam was captured.
“We got him,” Theo Francken said.
The deputy mayor of Brussels said Abdeslam was shot in the leg.
BREAKING: Deputy mayor of Brussels neighborhood: Paris attacks fugitive shot in the leg, detained by police
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 18, 2016
On Tuesday, authorities said they had found Abdeslam’s fingerprints during a raid on an apartment in Brussels, but prosecutors said they had no idea how old the prints were. Officials said they thought Abdeslam had been using that apartment as a hideout.
In the days immediately after the attack, authorities in both France and Belgium carried out more than 100 raids and suspected Abdeslam was in Molenbeek, which has a history of strong ties to terror plots.