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Ninth Suspect Arrested In Belgium In Connection With Paris Attacks

Belgian authorities have announced the arrest of a man they said had been in contact with the cousin of the man suspected of planning the attacks.

Posted on December 24, 2015, at 5:36 a.m. ET

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Belgian special forces police officers patrol a street during a police raid in central Brussels.

A ninth suspect linked to the Paris attacks in November has been arrested in Belgium, officials said.

Belgian authorities announced on Friday that they had arrested a man who they said had been in contact with the cousin of the man suspected of helping plan the attacks, AP reported.

The Belgian federal prosecutor's office said the suspect, whose name was not released, was being held on charges of taking part in a terrorist group and terrorist murders.

His arrest took place Tuesday, the prosecutor's office said.

In a statement, officials said the suspect, a Belgian citizen born in 1985, had been in contact several times with Hasna Ait Boulahcen following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, in which 130 people died.

Both Ait Boulahcen and her cousin Abdelhamid Abaooud, the attacks' suspected ringleader, were killed after French police besieged their hideout north of Paris.

The man is the latest of several suspects arrested in connection with the attacks across Europe.