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Morocco Arrests Belgian With 'Direct' Link to Paris Attacks: State Media

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    A man holds his head in his hands as he lays flowers in front of the Carillon cafe, in Paris, Saturday, Nov.14, 2015. French President Francois Hollande vowed to attack Islamic State without mercy as the jihadist group admitted responsibility Saturday for orchestrating the deadliest attacks inflicted on France since World War II.

    A Belgian national with direct links to the Paris terror attacks has been arrested in Morocco, state-run media reported Monday.

    Maghreb Arab Press said the suspect, of Moroccan descent, was "directly related" to some of the perpetrators of the Paris attacks and had been detained Friday near Mohammedia.

    According to The Associated Press, Morocco's Interior Ministry said the suspect had spent time in Syria with ISIS fighters — including the alleged ringleader of the Paris attacks. It did not name the individual other than to give his initials as "J.A."

    The Nov. 13 attacks on the French capital killed 130 people.