Third Brussels attacker charged with two other offenders

Third suspect from Brussels airport attack identified and charged along with two other offenders

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

CCTV image from Brussels Airport surveillance cameras shows suspects in the Brussels airport attack on March 22, 2016.

Updated Mar 27, 2016

Three men have been charged with terrorist offences, including a suspect caught on CCTV next to two assailants who detonated suicide bombs at Brussels Airport on Tuesday, local media has reported 

Belgian federal prosecutors identified the third man, seen in the footage wearing a hat while pushing a trolley, as Feycal C while media reported it as Faycal Cheffou.

Le Soir newspaper quoted police sources as saying Faycal C was highly likely to be the third man, whereas a taxi driver said he drove the attackers to the airport, identifying Faycal C as in the group.

Some media sources claimed Cheffou was a freelance journalist.

Prosecutors added that he had been charged with taking part in activities of a terrorist group, attempted terrorist murder and actual terrorist murder. No weapons or explosived had been found in his home.

Police and soldiers carry out searches on people entering De Brouckere metro station in Brussels on March 24, 2016. (AFP)

Two terror attacks hit Brussels-Zaventem Airport and another targeted Maelbeek Metro Station on Tuesday in the Belgian capital, killing 31 people and wounding some 230.

Two other men, identified as Aboubakar A. and Rabah N., were also charged with terrorist activities while Rabah was wanted in connection to a related raid in France this week.

Belgian forces arrested three men in Brussels on Friday.

One was shot in the leg at a tram stop for the suspicion of having explosives in his backpack, it was not immediately confirmed whether explosives were found as Belgian authorities said they were holding him for a further 24 hours.

Police forces stand next to a bomb squad unit robot (L) during an demining operation at a tramway station on March 25, 2016 in Schaerbeek suburb, Brussels, during a bomb alert as Belgian police arrested a suspect in a fresh anti-terrorist operation. (AFP)

In a seperate briefing in Brussels, police said 24 victims had been identified so far from the Brussels bombs while four people are unidentified.

Two of the three Brussels suicide bombers were brothers, one of whom died at the airport while the other took part in the attack on the metro train near Maelbeek station in Brussels.

Eleven people have been arrested in total, nine in Belgium and two in Germany, as European authorities swoop on suspects they link to the DAESH terrorist group or to the Brussels and Paris attacks.

Belgium’s Interior Minister Jan Jambon on Friday said his country "made a mistake" by not heeding Turkey's warnings about Brussels metro station suicide bomber Ibrahim El Bakraoui being a foreign terrorist fighter, after he was deported last June from Turkey with the warning that he could be affiliated to DAESH.

Brussels Airport said on Saturday that passenger flights would not operate before Tuesday, after the suicide bombings destroyed the departure hall last Tuesday.

Broken windows of the terminal at Brussels national airport are seen during a ceremony following bomb attacks in Brussels metro and Belgium's Brussels-Zaventem airport, Belgium, March 23, 2016.



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