Belgium Prosecutors Charge Man In Brussels Terror Attacks

Brussels Terror Attacks
The third man shown in surveillance footage from Zaventem International Airport in Brussels was identified and charged by federal prosecutors according to Belgian media. He was reportedly identified as Faycal Cheffou by a taxi driver and charged with participation in terrorist groups, terrorist killings and attempted terrorist killings. A second man identified as Aboubakar A was also charged with terrorist activities in relation to the attacks. Photo courtesy of Brussels Police

BRUSSELS, March 26 (UPI) — Federal prosecutors in Belgium charged three new suspects in the Brussels terror attacks, possibly including the third man seen on surveillance footage at Brussels airport just before the suicide bombing earlier this week.

Prosecutors did not say whether Faycal Cheffou was the third man in the airport.Local media, citing unidentified sources, said he was positively identified by a taxi driver who took the bombers to the airport on the morning of the attack.

Investigators say the third man’s bomb failed to detonate. He was seen on surveillance footage from Zaventem International Airport walking alongside suicide bombers Najim Laachraoui and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui.

According to prosecutors, Cheffou, described as a freelance journalist, was chargedwith participation in terrorist groups, terrorist killings and attempted terrorist killings.

Prosecutors also identified two other men, only identified as Aboubakar A and Rabah N, and charged them with terrorist activities and membership of a terrorist group.

Aboubakar A was arrested on Thursday after he was seen in a vehicle on the street. Rabah N was reportedly wanted in connection with a police raid following a foiled Paris terroist attack.

Also on Saturday, local news reported a security officer at a nuclear plant in Belgium was killed earlier this week and his security pass was stolen, suggesting terrorists were focusing on a nuclear plant for an attack. Authorities said the death was not related to the attacks.

Brussels airport announced that it is preparing to partially resume passenger flights some time after March 29. No specific date was given, but flights could resume no sooner than Tuesday as they worked to assess the situation.

“Until we have assessed the damage, it remains unclear when we can resume operations,” they said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Airport engineers and technicians were given access to the terminal for the first time since the attack, as authorities said investigative work had been completed.

“Brussels Airport Company is currently studying a temporary solution to partially resume passenger flights, taking into account the new security measures that apply at Belgian airports, decided by the federal government,” the airport said.

On Tuesday a series of suicide bombings at an airport and metro station in Brussels killed 31 people and injured more than 300.


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