Two new Brussels arrests

Police investigate an area where terror suspect Mohamed Abrini was arrested in Brussels on Friday. Photo / AP
Police investigate an area where terror suspect Mohamed Abrini was arrested in Brussels on Friday. Photo / AP

Belgium has charged two new suspects with terrorist offences in connection with last month's deadly Brussels airport and metro attacks, the federal prosecutor's office said yesterday.

A statement said Smail F. and Ibrahim F. were "charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders and attempts to commit terrorist murders".

The prosecutor said there were "indications" the two men could be linked to an address in the Avenue des Casernes in the Etterbeek district of Brussels which was raided last week.

At the time, police said they found nothing at the address but reports later suggested that two men, one of whom later blew himself up in the Maelbeek metro station, may have stayed there or used it.

The second man, later identified by the authorities as Oasama K, was apparently also carrying a bomb but for reasons unknown did not go through with the attack.

Three suicide bombers - two at the airport and one at the metro station in central Brussels - killed 32 people in Belgium's worst terror attack which was claimed by Isis (Islamic State).

Investigators have found links between the Brussels and November Paris attacks, with many of the same people involved and linked to Isis in Syria. Authorities say they believed the Brussels cell originally planned to stage another attack in France but the arrest of key Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam on March 18, followed by huge police raids, caused them to switch and target Belgium.

- AFP

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