Belgium opens terrorism probe linked to Paris attacks: prosecutor

A photo taken on November 14, 2015 with a mobile phone shows Belgian police blocking a street during a police raid possibly in connection with the attacks in Paris, in Brussels' Molenbeek district (AFP Photo/Hendrik Devriendt) (Belga/AFP)

Brussels (AFP) - Belgium has opened a terrorism probe linked to the attacks in Paris as police raided a neighbourhood in the capital Brussels and arrested several suspects, prosecutors said Saturday.

The federal prosecutor's office said its counterparts in Paris had asked for help after a car with Belgian license plates and rented in Belgium was found near a concert hall where scores of people were killed on Friday night.

An anti-terrorism judge took up the case because two of the people killed in Paris were Belgians, the office said in a statement.

"The investigation is opened into a charge of terrorism and participation in the activities of a terrorist group," the prosecutor's office said.

"Several arrests were carried out at the end of the afternoon. The operations are still underway in the Molenbeek neighbourhood," it added.