Brussels terror attacks: one suspect charged following new searches

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:28
A 39-year-old man has been charged following a dozen searches conducted on Monday in the Brussels Region as part of investigations into terror attacks perpetrated in the city, various media reported.
The Federal Office of the Public Prosecutor, OPP, confirmed the information on Wednesday.

The man, Brahim T., is a Belgian national. He is charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist group, assassination in a terrorist context and attempted assassination in a terrorist context, as author, co-author or accomplice. He will appear within five days before the Brussels Council Chamber.

Four people were also taken in for questioning, including three brothers of the Brahim family, according to La Capitale and other media. The fourth, Ali T., had already been indicted in 2012 for heading an Al-Qaeda recruitment network in a previous case involving the Belgian Islamic Centre.

One of the searches was conducted in a handyman's store on Stalingrad Avenue in Brussels, held by the T. Brothers, various media report. That information has not been confirmed by the federal OPP.

Investigators believe that the acetone used to make the Triacetone triperoxide (TATP) explosive was bought at that store.

Oscar Schneider

The Brussels Times
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