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Paris Terror Attacks: New Suspect Sought

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Police handout image showing Mohammed Abrini © Other Police handout image showing Mohammed Abrini

Belgium has issued an arrest warrant for a 30-year-old man seen driving a car with fugitive Salah Abdelslam two days before the France terror attacks.

Mohamed Abrini was caught on CCTV footage at a petrol station in Ressons on 11 November, Belgium's federal prosecutor said.

He was driving a Renault Clio used in the attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people and injured hundreds of others.

The 26-year-old Abdeslam, who has been the subject of an international manhunt, was also seen in the car on the motorway to the French capital.

German police today carried out a search of rural areas near Hannover following a tip-off from a member of the public that Abdeslam may be hiding out in the region.

Abdeslam is suspected of playing at least a logistical role in the coordinated shooting and suicide bombings in the French capital on 13 November.

A statement from the federal prosecutor's office said: "Salah Abdeslam was filmed in a gas station in Ressons ... together with a person who has been identified as Mohamed Abrini, born 27 December 1984.

"The latter was driving the Renault Clio used two days later for committing the attacks.

"The Investigating Judge has issued a European and International arrest warrant against Mohamed Abrini."

Authorities have warned that Abrini is "dangerous" and "probably armed", adding that the public should not approach him.

Belgian authorities have also charged a fifth person in connection with the attacks following the arrest of several people in Brussels and Liege.

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The unnamed suspect was arrested on suspicion of "participation in the activities of a terrorist group and terrorist murders", the federal prosecutor said.

As the Europe-wide investigation continues, France's President Francois Hollande has travelled to Washington for talks with President Barack Obama.

Speaking at the White House, Mr Hollande said the US and France have agreed to step up strikes targeting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

Mr Obama spoke about the long friendship between the two countries, saying: "We stand by our friends in good times and in bad, no matter what".

He added: "We are here today to declare that the United States and France stand united in total solidarity to deliver justice to these terrorists and those who sent them and to defend our nations."

Mr Obama described Islamic State as a "barbaric terrorist group", adding that "its murderous ideology poses a serious threat to all of us".

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