A man in Paris cleaning the sidewalk found explosive belt containing the same bolts and explosives used by the Paris attackers on Monday. The belt was located in a pile of trash in the southern suburb of Montrouge.

According to Paris officials, the belt that was stumbled upon near the same spot that fugitive Saleh Abdeslam‘s cell phone was said to be on the day of the attacks that killed 130 people.


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The three police officials who gave information to the Associated Press about the belt could not be named because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation. Investigators are currently running tests on the belt to seek further comparisons to the ones used in the attacks. Abdeslam remains on the run despite numerous raids across France and Belgium aimed at arresting him and sussing out other suspects in the plotting of the attacks. The discovery comes as officials in Brussels, Beligum, where Abdeslam and his brother, who also participated in the attacks, used to live, are maintaining a heightened terror alert level following a series of raids over the weekend. h/t mashable

City officials announced that subways and schools would reopen on Wednesday and the terror threat level would be reassessed early next week.

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