Belgian authorities announced the arrest Friday of Mohamed Abrini, suspected of driving those involved in the Paris terror attacks.
Eric Van der Sypt, a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, said that Abrini was one of two people arrested. He identified the other as Osama Krayem.
Abrini, a 31-year-old Belgian-Moroccan, had been among Europe’s most wanted and was considered “armed and dangerous.”
“For French investigators, this can be very big,” CNN’s Nic Robertson said.
The arrest would mean authorities now have captured two people suspected of playing a direct role in the November 13 attacks, including Salah Abdeslam, the alleged eighth planned attacker. Abdeslam was arrested last month in Belgium.
“As an investigator, this gives you a much stronger position to be in to get to the truth … to run other terrorists on the run down,” Robertson said. “And also to understand precisely what happened in Paris.”
Abrini one of Europe’s most wanted
According to a European police cooperative known as ENFAST, video showed Abrini with Abdeslam on November 11, two days before the massacre in the French capital.
The same Renault Clio that Abrini drove was used in those attacks, ENFAST reports. Abdeslam told authorities he drove a car of that same make and model to the Stade de France — where suicide bombers detonated explosives outside a soccer game — and abandoned it.
He then wandered into the subway and allegedly “contacted one person,” Abrini, CNN’s French affiliate BFMTV reported.