Arrested Brussels attacks suspect may be airport bomber

26th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

A suspect named as Faycal C. has been charged with terrorist murder and police are trying to confirm if he is the third Brussels airport suicide bomber who fled the scene, a source close to the probe said Saturday.

"He has been charged with taking part in a terrorist group, terrorist murder and attempted terrorist murder," the prosecutor said in a statement, naming the suspect as Faycal C, one of six people detained in police raids late Thursday.

Asked by AFP if Faycal C. was the fugitive captured by CCTV wearing a hat alongside the two airport suicide bombers, a source close to the inquiry said this could not yet be confirmed.

"That is a hypothesis the investigators are working on," the source, who asked not to be named, told AFP.

Belgian media have repeatedly named the man seen on the video surveillance footage in a light coat and black hat as Faycal C. but this has not been confirmed by judicial sources.

Faycal C. was one of six people detained in three separate raids on Thursday evening and is the first to be charged in Tuesday's airport and metro bombings, in which 31 people were killed and 300 injured.

A second suspect named as Rabah N. linked to a foiled plot in France was charged with taking part in terrorist activities.

A third man is being held on similar charges.

A suspect shot in the leg Friday in Schaerbeek is being held for another 24 hours as investigations continue.

© 2016 AFP

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