BRUSSELS – As the net closed around Salah Abdeslam, Europe's No. 1 fugitive was holed up, apparently anonymous, in an apartment in the place he knows best, the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek, a locale favored by several Paris attackers.
Abdeslam's four months on the run ended Friday when he was shot in the leg and dragged away in a white hoodie during a massive police operation in Brussels.
Authorities now need to piece together how the man who was at the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in Paris managed to evade authorities for so long. It appears, during the final stages at the very least, Abdeslam was hiding only 500 meters (yards) from his parents' home, the place where he grew up.