Belgium detains 2 further suspects over Paris attacks

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Belgium has arrested two more men suspected of links to the Paris attacks on Nov. 13 in which 130 people were killed, the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said on Thursday.

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The men, identified as Belgian national Zakaria J., born in 1986 and Moroccan national Mustafa E., born in 1981, were arrested during two house searches on Wednesday and Thursday morning in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, prosecutors said.

"Both were arrested due to their possible ties with different suspects in this case," the prosecutor's office said in a statement. "The Investigating Judge will decide later today upon their possible further detention."

No arms or explosives were found during the searches, it added.

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A victim lies on the ground covered by a white sheet outside the cafe La Bonne Biere, in central Paris, on November 14, 2015 following an attack. Over 100 people were killed and many injured in an 'unprecedented' series of bombings and shootings across the capital. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensic tape marks a bullet hole next to a graffiti drawing of a heart at the Cafe Bonne Biere restaurant, the site of one of Friday's terror attacks, in Paris, France, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Monday marked the last of three days of national mourning after the terrorist attacks on Friday that claimed at least 129 lives. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Forensic tape marks bullet holes at the Cafe Bonne Biere restaurant, the site of one of Friday's terror attacks, in Paris, France, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Monday marked the last of three days of national mourning after the terrorist attacks on Friday that claimed at least 129 lives. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A woman consoles a mourner outside at the Cafe Bonne Biere restaurant, the site of one of Friday's terror attacks, in Paris, France, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Monday marked the last of three days of national mourning after the terrorist attacks on Friday that claimed at least 129 lives. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Flowers are put on bullet holes in the windows of the cafe 'A la Bonne biere', on November 17, 2015 in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks claimed by Islamic State which killed at least 129 people and left more than 350 injured on November 13. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on November 17, 2015 in Paris shows candles at a memorial set in front of La bonne biere cafe, one of the sites of Paris' attacks, to pay tribute to victims of the attacks claimed by Islamic State which killed at least 129 people and left more than 350 injured. AFP PHOTO / ADRIEN MORLENT (Photo credit should read ADRIEN MORLENT/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 03: Paris city employees are seen cleaning the street in front of 'La Bonne Biere' cafe on December 3, 2015 in Paris, France. 'La Bonne Biere' where five people lost their lives during the terrorist attacks in Paris which took place on friday november 13th will be the first cafe to reopen. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
Men work on the shop front of the cafe "La bonne biere", one of the establishments targeted during the November Paris attacks, in Paris, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 . The cafe is expected to reopen Friday, Dec. 4. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 04: A general view of 'La Bonne Biere' as it re-opened today after the Paris terrorist attacks, on December 4, 2015 in Paris, France. Five people lost their lives at 'La Bonne Biere' during the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 04: People enjoy a drink outside 'La Bonne Biere', which re-opens today after the Paris terrorist attacks, on December 4, 2015 in Paris, France. Five people lost their lives at 'La Bonne Biere' during the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 04: People enjoy a drink outside 'La Bonne Biere', which re-opens today after the Paris terrorist attacks, on December 4, 2015 in Paris, France. Five people lost their lives at 'La Bonne Biere' during the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 04: People enjoy a drink inside 'La Bonne Biere', which re-opens today after the Paris terrorist attacks, on December 4, 2015 in Paris, France. Five people lost their lives at 'La Bonne Biere' during the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 04: (L-R) General Managers Romain Debray and Audrey Bily attend the 'La Bonne Biere' re-opening after the Paris terrorist attacks, on December 4, 2015 in Paris, France. 'La Bonne Biere' is the first affected location to re-open after five people lost their lives during the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 04: People arrive at 'La Bonne Biere', which re-opens today after the Paris terrorist attacks, on December 4, 2015 in Paris, France. Five people lost their lives at 'La Bonne Biere' during the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 04: (L-R) General Managers Romain Debray and Audrey Bily speak to the press at the 'La Bonne Biere' re-opening after the Paris terrorist attacks, on December 4, 2015 in Paris, France. 'La Bonne Biere' is the first affected location to re-open after five people lost their lives during the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People drink coffee on the terrace of the bar 'A la Bonne Biere' during its reopening in Paris on December 4, 2015, behind a barrier with flowers, notes and candles in memory of the victims of the coordinated attacks in and around Paris on November 13. The Paris bar where five people were killed by jihadist gunmen in the November 13 attacks is the first of the attacked bars to re-open, in an emotional step in the city's struggle to regain normality. / AFP / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks past the terrace of the bar 'A la Bonne Biere' in Paris on December 4, 2015, during its reopening after it was hit during a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris on November 13. The Paris bar where five people were killed by jihadist gunmen in the November 13 attacks is the first of the attacked bars to re-open, in an emotional step in the city's struggle to regain normality. / AFP / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A man takes a seat at La Bonne Biere cafe in Paris during its reopening Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. The cafe where five people were killed by a squad of Islamic extremist gunmen on Nov. 13, terrorizing central Paris reopened for business Friday. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Audrey Bily, right, and Romain Debray, managers of La Bonne Biere, speak to the media in front of their cafe in Paris during its reopening Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. The cafe where five people were killed by a squad of Islamic extremist gunmen on Nov. 13, terrorizing central Paris reopened for business Friday. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Cars pass by and people gather around La Bonne Biere cafe in Paris during its reopening Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. The cafe where five people were killed by a squad of Islamic extremist gunmen on Nov. 13, terrorizing central Paris reopened for business Friday. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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Since the November Paris attacks federal prosecutors have already taken 10 people into custody over their suspected involvement, which appear to have been prepared mainly in Belgium.

If the two latest detainees are kept in custody, their number would rise to 12.

Last week, investigators said a number of the Paris attackers used two apartments and a house in Belgium as possible safe houses in the weeks leading up to their coordinated shooting and suicide bomb assault on the French capital.

They also found a possible bomb factory for the Paris attacks in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek, with traces of explosives.

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