Brussels attacks: Three more held for terrorist activities in Belgium

Belgian federal prosecutors on Monday said three more people have been ordered held on charges of participating in terrorist activities in Brussels airport attack.

hidden March 28, 2016 18:08:37 IST
Brussels attacks: Three more held for terrorist activities in Belgium

Brussels: Belgian federal prosecutors on Monday said three more people have been ordered held on charges of participating in terrorist activities.

Prosecutors did not immediately release details on the alleged terrorist acts or whether they were linked to last week's suicide bombings at Brussels Airport and in the Brussels subway that killed at least 31 people and injured some 270 others.

The three charged by an investigating magistrate — identified as Yassine A., Mohamed B. and Aboubaker O. by the federal prosecutors office — were among four people detained during 13 police raids Sunday in Brussels and the northern cities of Mechelen and Duffel.

A fourth person detained was released without charge, the prosecutors' statement said.

Brussels attacks Three more held for terrorist activities in Belgium

Special operations police take positions during a raid in Brussels on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. AP

On 22 March, two suicide bombers blew themselves up at Brussels Airport and a third did the same in a Brussels subway train.

The attacks caused great damage to the airport's departure area. On Tuesday, one week after the bombings, Brussels Airport will test its capacity to partially resume passenger service, an airport official said Monday. But she said it's too early to say when passenger service might actually resume.

Florence Muls, the airport's external communications manager, said 800 staff members on Tuesday will test temporary infrastructure and new arrangements designed for passenger check-in. Firefighters and the Belgian government must approve the new system, Muls said, before Brussels Airport can resume handling passenger traffic.

Before the bombings, Brussels Airport served some 600 flights a day and 23.5 million passengers per year.

AP

 

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