Two Belgians charged in terrorism raids related to Brussels attackers

Two of the suspects arrested in overnight raids in Brussels this weekend are related to the suicide bombers behind the attacks on the capital in March, according to local media outlets.

One of the suspects is a direct cousin of Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui, according to Belgian broadcaster VRT and the Belga news agency, citing sources in the judicial system. However, there has not yet been any official confirmation of the link.

Ibrahim El Bakraoui was one of the suicide bombers at Brussels airport on March 22, while Khalid El Bakraoui blew himself up at Maelbeek station, killing 32 people in total.

Their now-incarcerated cousin had in the past faced sentencing along with Ibrahim El Bakraoui, who had a criminal record.

The three men charged with attempted terrorist murder and participating in a terrorist organization were among 12 suspects, all Belgian nationals, arrested after this weekend's anti-terrorism raid.

The nine others were released after questioning.

Last update: Sun, 19/06/2016 - 17:03
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