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Brussels Attacks Suspect Released

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The Brussels attacks suspect referred to officially as Facyal C was released on 28 March after being arrested on 24 March in Brussels and charged with “participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders and attempted terrorist murders”.

Belgian media gave the man’s full name as Faycal Cheffou.

Police have released CCTV footage in their efforts to identify a third suspect in last Tuesday’s Brussels attacks on a Brussels airport.

Attacks on the airport and the city’s metro system killed 35 people and injured more than 300.

Others detained on suspicion of terrorist activity include

  • Salah Abdeslam – arrested on 18 March in the Molenbeek district of Brussels. Key suspect in the Paris attacks last November. Charged with “terrorist murder”
  • ‘Amine Choukri’ – arrested on 18 March with Abdeslam, real name not yet known. Also used the alias Monir Ahmed Alaaj. Documented by German police near Ulm in a car with Abdeslam last October. Charged with “terrorist murder” over the Paris attacks [Brussels attacks]
  • Rabah N – arrested on 25 March and charged with participating in terrorist activities in relation to a foiled plot to attack Paris
  • Abderamane A – shot in the leg and arrested on 25 March at a tram stop in the Schaerbeek area of Brussels. Charged in relation to the foiled plot to attack Paris. Jailed for seven years in France in 2005 and banned from entering France for life aiding in the assassination of Afghan commander Ahmed Shah Massoud in 2001.
  • Aboubakar A – arrested on 24 March in a car in Brussels, charged with participating in terrorist activities
  • Yassine A, Mohamed B and Aboubaker O – arrested during raids on 27 March and charged with belonging to a terrorist group

The Brussels attacks were claimed by the so-called Islamic State militant group.


Rev Francis Waive

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