Hollande: Paris, Brussels jihadist network being destroyed

The jihadist network behind the Paris attacks in November and this week's attacks in Brussels are "in the process of being destroyed" but others remain, French President Francois Hollande warned on Friday.

"We have had some results in finding the terrorists and, in Brussels as well as Paris, there have been a number of arrests and we know that there are other networks," said Hollande, according to the AFP news agency.

"Even if the one that committed the attacks in Paris and Brussels is in the process of being destroyed… there is still a heavy threat," he added.

The comments come a day after French police arrested 34-year-old Reda Kriket in Paris, and accused him of being in the advanced stages of planning an attack and having ties to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the November 13 terror attacks in Paris, who was killed in a raid shortly after the attacks.

Three men were arrested on Friday in Brussels for links to Kriket's alleged plot, the Belgian federal prosecutor said.

"And so Syria is our first objective. Nor do we forget Iraq. And we don't forget the question of refugees. We wish to ensure that the right to asylum is fully respected and, at the same time, that we can control our external borders," Hollande added, according to AFP.

On Thursday, the government of Belgium admitted it could have done more to prevent Tuesday's Islamic State (ISIS) bombings in Brussels, as Prime Minister Charles Michel refused to accept the resignation tendered by two ministers over the fiasco.

Interior Minister Jan Jambon and Justice Minister Koen Geens offered to step down in recognition of their shortcomings in not stopping the bombings at Zaventem Airport and a metro station, in which at least 31 people were murdered and 250 others were wounded.

After having his resignation rejected, Geens admitted to reporters that authorities "don't have to be proud about what happened," and added, "we perhaps did things we should not have done.”

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209913

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