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Belgium charges three men linked to Brussels attacks


Belgium-charges-attacks-suspectBelgian prosecutors have charged three men with terrorist offences, including a suspect, who local media said, appeared on security footage with two suicide bombers at Brussels airport shortly before they detonated their bombs.

Authorities identified the suspect on Saturday as Faycal C., although Belgian media reported his full name as Faycal Cheffou.

Prosecutors alleged that he was the man wearing a hat and a light-coloured jacket in last Tuesday’s airport security camera video that showed three men pushing baggage trolleys bearing luggage.

The newspaper Le Soir reported that he is believed to be the third attacker at the airport, who has been on the run. The suspect was identified by a taxi driver who drove the attackers to the airport, the newspaper reported.

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

An arrest was also made in France on Thursday, while additional 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.

Prosecutors also said that two other people were charged with participation in activities of a terrorist group but did not communicate a link between them and the Brussels attacks.

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