Belgian police have found three suicide vests, traces of explosives and a fingerprint of fugitive Paris attacks suspect. (Representational Image)
Brussels: Belgian police have found three vests for possible use in suicide attacks, traces of explosives and a fingerprint of fugitive Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam at a flat in Brussels, prosecutors said today.
The discovery in an apartment in the Schaerbeek area of the Belgian capital was made during a search on December 10, the federal prosecutor's office said in a statement, without clarifying why they were releasing the details now.
"In the framework of the investigation opened after the Paris attacks the federal prosecutor confirms that during a house search conducted December 10th in an apartment on the third floor, Rue Berge; in Schaerbeek, material that can be used to fabricate explosives as well as traces of TATP were found," the prosecutor said.
"This apartment was rented under a false identity that might have been used by a person already in custody in this case," the statement added.
"Three handmade belts that might be used to transport explosives as well as a fingerprint of Salah Abdeslam were also discovered."
Police have been hunting for Abdeslam since suicide bombers and assailants firing automatic weapons killed 130 people and wounded many more in a wave of attacks across Paris on November 13.