"As far as my brother is concerned, we don't know where he is right now," Mohamed Abdeslam told media at his family home in Brussels after he was released by police without charge after two days in detention.

"He grew up here, studied here, he is a totally normal lad”. France says that the 'dangerous' Salah Abdeslam is wanted in connection with Friday's attacks in Paris and that a third brother, Brahim, was one of the suicide attackers who launched Friday's carnage.

A major police raid in the impoverished immigrant district of Molenbeek in western Brussels targeting Salah ended without any arrests today. "None of us knew anything. Not us, not our family. They are big boys, they are grown-ups. You don't ask them what they're doing every time they leave the house."

Belgian police had detained Mohamed Abdeslam on Saturday as part of a wave of arrests but he was freed today along with four other suspects. Two further suspects were charged with involvement with terrorism.

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