Two Suspects Arrested in Brussels Terror Attacks That Killed 31: Reports
Both suspects were arrested Thursday, according to multiple media reports
A man identified only as “Fayçal C.” has been arrested and accused of “involvement in a terrorist group, terrorist killings and attempted terrorist killings” in connection with the series of Brussels bombings that killed 31 and injured more than 300, Belgian federal prosecutors said Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
Fayçal C. was arrested Thursday night in Brussels, according to NBC News.
According to The Guardian, Fayçal C. was arrested “as he was standing outside the federal prosecutor’s office in the [center] of [Brussels]. A search was then carried out at Fayçal C.’s home. No arms or explosives were found.”
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It could not immediately be verified whether Fayçal C. was among the suspects captured by Zevantem airport surveillance before the two suicide bombings there.
According to the AP, Belgian media has identified the third suspect at the Zevantem airport as a Faycal Cheffou, who fled after the other two suspects detonated their suicide bombs.
A second suspect, identified as “Aboubakar A.,” was arrested Thursday in a different part of Brussels and charged with participating in terrorist activities, according to The Guardian.
The Brussels bombings, carried out at the airport and a subway station Tuesday morning, have been described by authorities as terrorist attacks. Among the multi-national casualties were at least two Americans, the State Department said.
Secretary of State John Kerry, in Belgium for a summit on stopping terrorism, said earlier this week, “The United States is praying and grieving with you for the loved ones of those cruelly taken from us, including Americans, and for the many who were injured in these despicable attacks.”