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Morocco: Belgian Suspect Tied to Paris Attackers Arrested

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FILE - Members of the Moroccan special anti-terror unit are seen guarding the headquarters of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations in Sale near Rabat, Morocco, Jan. 5, 2016.

FILE - Members of the Moroccan special anti-terror unit are seen guarding the headquarters of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations in Sale near Rabat, Morocco, Jan. 5, 2016.

Moroccan officials say they have arrested a Belgian suspect linked to attackers that killed 130 people in Paris in November.

Morocco's Interior Ministry said in a statement that the man was arrested Monday near Casablanca and had "direct links with some" of the attackers. Islamic State claimed the coordinated bombings and shootings on November 13 that killed scores of civilians at several Paris locations.

Casablanca, Morocco.

Casablanca, Morocco.

French and Belgian security officials traced some of the attackers to Paris and Brussels. At least two suspects linked to the attacks, Salah Abdeslam and Mohamed Abrini, are on the run; nine more were killed in the attacks and subsequent security operations.

Salah Abdeslam, a Belgian national French police are seeking in connection with Paris terror attacks. (Police Nationale Handout Photo)

Salah Abdeslam, a Belgian national French police are seeking in connection with Paris terror attacks. (Police Nationale Handout Photo)

Abdeslam was born in Belgium and is of Moroccan and French heritage. Moroccan authorities issued a warrant for his arrest in December.

French police allege security camera footage shows Abrini at a gas station with Salah Abdeslam two days before the attacks, driving a car that would later be used by the assailants.

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