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Arrest Of Paris Attack Mastermind, Explosions Caught On Camera [VIDEO]

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The arrest of suspected Paris attack mastermind Salah Abdeslam Friday was caught on camera, along with a series of explosions occurring around the time of the arrest.

The video of the capture begins with several gunshots ringing out and shows several police in full body armor armed with assault rifles entering a building in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek. Seconds later, police are seen dragging a man who is believed to be Abdeslam out of the building. The cuffed Abdeslam is then put in a small police vehicle.

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The video of the explosion shows a journalist conducting a report just as a loud explosion is heard down the street block behind her. It is unclear whether or not the explosion was part of the raid to capture Abdeslam, though the video does show the street cordoned off by what appear to be police vehicles.

Abdeslam’s capture was confirmed by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and French President Francois Hollande Friday afternoon.

“This evening is a huge success in the battle against terrorism,” said Michel during the joint news conference. He also noted the operation to apprehend Abdeslam was a joint operation with French authorities. [RELATED: Mastermind Behind Paris Attacks Arrested In Brussels]

Abdeslam had been on the run for several months after he and his accomplices killed 130 in Paris Nov. 13, 2015. He had barely escaped capture Wednesday when police engaged in a shootout with another suspect who was subsequently killed.

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