Two Further Suspects Charged in Brussels Bombing Case

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -
Broken windows of the terminal at Brussels national airport are seen during a ceremony following bomb attacks in Brussels metro and Belgium's National airport of Zaventem, Belgium. (Yorick Jansens/Pool/Reuters)
Broken windows of the terminal at Brussels Zaventem national airport are seen following bomb attacks, Belgium, March 22. (Yorick Jansens/Pool/Reuters)

Belgium charged a further two men with terrorist offenses, adding that they had links with the rental of a potential safe house used in carrying out the terror attacks that killed 32 people on March 22, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday morning.

Four other suspects were picked up on Friday, including Mohamed Abrini, who investigators say has confessed to depositing a bomb at Brussels airport, and Osama Krayem, suspected of buying bags used by the bombers.

Abrini is also wanted in connection with November’s terror attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people.

The March 22 attacks in Brussels killed 32.

Prosecutors identified the two men, who were charged on Monday, only as Smail F., born in 1984, and Ibrahim F., born in 1988. They did not say when the two were detained. Under Belgian law, suspects usually need to appear before an examining judge within 24 hours.

“They are charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders and attempts to commit terrorist murders, as a perpetrator, coperpetrator or accomplice,” federal prosecutors said in a statement.

Police raided the suspected safe house, in the central Brussels district of Etterbeek, on Saturday, but found no weapons or explosives.