Three Men Charged With Terrorism After Brussels Attacks
One of them was being searched for after appearing on security footage at Brussels' airport
Belgian authorities on Saturday charged three men with terrorist offenses related to Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels. One of those arrested was, according to local media, previously seen on CCTV footage at Brussels’ Zaventem airport alongside two suicide bombers before they carried out their attacks.
Reuters reports that Belgian authorities have charged a man identified as Faycal C with “taking part in the activities of a terrorist group, and actual and attempted terrorist murder.” He was arrested on Thursday in Brussels, and his house was searched, though the raid turned up no weapons or explosives.
According to the Associated Press, local media have identified the suspect as Faycal Cheffou, claiming he is the man on the far right wearing a bucket hat in the above photo. Cheffou, a freelance journalist, was identified by a taxi driver who delivered the attackers to the airport on March 22, Reuters reports the Le Soir newspaper as saying.
Additionally, two more men, Aboubakar A. and Rabah N., were charged with being members of a terrorist group and conducting terrorist activities, according to Reuters. Rabah N. was sought in connection to a raid in France this week that officials say foiled a terrorist attack.
Meanwhile, Jan Jambon, Belgium’s interior minister, on Saturday urged residents against holding a rally in solidarity with victims of the bombings. AP reports that Jambon said police resources are overburdened with the investigation, and while he stopped short of requesting that Sunday’s rally be canceled, he “invited citizens to not have this demonstration.” Later, organizers agreed to postpone the event.
Thirty-one people were killed and scores more were injured in Tuesday’s attacks, which targeted Brussels’ airport as well as one of its metro stations near the city center. ISIS claimed responsibility for the carnage.