Belgium Charges Three Men Linked To Brussels Attacks

brussels-alertKABUL: (MEP) Three men with terrorist offences have been charged including a suspect who local media said appeared on security footage with two suicide bombers at Brussels airport shortly before they detonated their bombs earlier this week.

Unconfirmed media reports suggested one of them, identified only as Fayçal C, is the third Brussels airport suicide bomber whose explosives failed to detonate during the attacks and who has been on the run ever since.

If confirmed, he would be the man in the “white hat” who police have been trying to identify after he was caught on video by airport surveillance cameras along with the other two airport bombers.

Faycal C. was one of those detained by authorities following raids on Thursday evening in the Schaerbeek and Jette neighbourhoods of Brussels.

An arrest was also made in France on Thursday, while separate raids were carried out on Friday in Schaerbeek, Forest and Saint-Gilles areas of Brussels.

Prosecutors said the home of Faycal C. was searched by investigators, but no weapons or explosives were found.

His two Zaventem airport accomplices, Najim Laachraoui and Ibrahim El Bakraoui, blew themselves up in the attack. El Bakraoui’s brother, Khalid, attacked the city’s metro in a suicide bombing, but police are now searching for his unknown accomplice.

A total of 31 people were killed in the airport and Metro attacks.

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