Turkish official says Belgian arrested, suspected of contacting Paris attackers

Police in the streets of Paris during attacks.

BRUSSELS (AP) — A senior government official says Turkish authorities have detained a Belgian national of Moroccan origin who is believed to have been in contact with the Paris attackers.

The official said Saturday 26-year-old Ahmad Dahmani was detained in a luxury hotel in Antalya along with two other suspects. He said the three — suspected Islamic State militants — remained in custody following a court appearance.

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The official says in an emailed message:

“We believe that Dahmani was in contact with the terrorists who perpetrated the Paris attacks. The investigation continues.”

Dahmani had arrived in Turkey from Amsterdam on Nov. 14, the official said. The three were preparing to cross the Turkish-Syrian border.

The official cannot be named because of Turkish government rules that bar officials from speaking to reporters without prior authorization.

Paris police have extended a ban on demonstrations and other gatherings in the region through Nov. 30, with the city and country still on high alert after deadly attacks.

The French capital’s police department issued a statement Saturday saying the ban is being extended because of “the current context,” including a nationwide state of emergency that’s been extended for three months.

The department notes extra security concerns around the arrival of more than 100 heads of state for the U.N. climate conference that starts in a week. A march by environmental groups scheduled for Nov. 29 has been canceled.

Police are requiring all major concert venues to install special security measures.

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