A number of people linked to a terror cell have been detained after house searches took place in the Molenbeek district of Brussels.
Two of the seven dead terrorists were French men living in the Belgian capital – with one residing in Molenbeek. The region is said to be a hub for religious extremism.
“There have been five arrests made linked to the attacks in Paris,” said mayor Francoise Schepmans.
Reports of the sixth and seventh arrests emerged minutes later.
Armed cops swooped yesterday afternoon after being led to the area by a parking ticket found inside a hire car used by the extremists in Paris.
The VW Polo with Belgian plates was spotted near the Bataclan theatre on Friday night – where 89 Eagles of Death Metal fans were slaughtered.
Officers tracked the car and intercepted it as it crossed France into Belgium, with three people inside the vehicle arrested.