Official: Explosive belt found south of Paris contained bolts, same explosives used in attacks
PARIS–A French police official says that an explosive vest found in a suburb on the southern edge of Paris contained bolts and the same type of explosive used in explosive vests in the Paris attacks.
The official said the vest — which was found without a detonator — was discovered Monday by a street cleaner in a pile of rubble in Chatillon-Montrouge, just south of the capital.
The official said laboratory analysis showed that the explosive material was TATP — used in seven other explosive vest in the attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds of others. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and couldn’t be identified by name.
In addition, the vest was found in the same zone where the cellphone of a man sought by police was geolocalized. Police have been conducting a manhunt to find Salah Abdeslam, but it was not known if the explosive vest was abandoned by him. He was stopped by police in northern France after the attack but allowed to continue his journey to Belgium.