Brussels - Fugitive Salah Abdeslam may have eluded capture two days after the Paris attacks when Belgian police waited overnight to search a Brussels house where he may have been hiding, a Belgian federal prosecutor said Thursday.
"Did he escape? Did he not escape? Nobody knows," prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said.
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Van der Sypt said police had waited until 10 a.m. on Nov. 16 to move on the house in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels because of various factors, including a Belgian law banning home searches between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. except for certain crimes.
Authorities also wanted to be certain no harm would come to the 200-300 worshippers who attend early morning prayers at a nearby mosque, as well as children on their way to school, the prosecutor said.