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A man reacts at a street memorial following Tuesday’s bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 23, 2016. (Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

Brussels- A woman will be appointed as the successor of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect of forming a terrorist group in Belgium. According to recent information of the anti-terrorist and intelligence bodies, a woman is forming a new group of terrorists in Belgium.

The Belgian media reported during the weekend that “there are pieces of evidence that show a terrorist group is being formed currently and will compose of a great number of women. These women will be oriented from abroad. The biggest concern is that one of them has a lot in common with Salah Abdeslam, the sole survivor from Paris attacks; she was put in charge of the toughest missions.”

Abdeslam facilitated the entrance of ten individuals from ISIS to the Belgian territory, who participated in the Paris attacks in November 2015 and Brussels attacks in March. According to a televised program that discussed the role of Salah in these attack, Abdeslam succeeded in helping ten people who participated in the attacks to enter Belgium and drove his vehicle to bring each one of them from countries including Germany, Hungary and Greece.

The televised program also reported that Salah was willing to blow himself off in Paris attacks, which led to 130 victims, but he changed his mind and returned to Belgium before getting arrested on the 18th of March.

The Federal Prosecutor of Belgium Frédéric Van Leo announced in his statements to local media that 2016 did not witness any departure to Syria, unlike 2014 and 2015. He also stressed that attention should be paid to those who return from Syria “especially that ISIS calls them to carry out operations wherever they are – with no need to leave their country.”