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Two more suspects arrested in Belgium over Paris attacks

Published 03/12/2015 | 14:19

Bilal Hadfi, one of the suicide bombers, died at the Stade de France on November 13
Bilal Hadfi, one of the suicide bombers, died at the Stade de France on November 13
A Belgium army soldier walks through the Galeries Royal Saint-Hubert, or the Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Two more suspects have been arrested in Belgium in connection with the Paris terror attacks.

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The federal prosecutor's office said that at dawn on Sunday, a French national, identified only as Samir Z, was detained at Brussels national airport as he was seeking to fly to Morocco.

The Frenchman had already tried twice to travel to Syria this year.

The suspect is said to be part of the entourage of Bilal Hadfi, one of the suicide bombers at the Stade de France on November 13.

Prosecutors also said that a second man, identified as Pierre N, was arrested during a raid only hours after the detention at the airport early on Sunday.

Both men hail from Molenbeek, a Brussels neighbourhood linked to at least three other attackers in Paris.

Both men were charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist organisation.

In all, Belgium now has eight suspects linked to the Paris attacks or a possible attack in Brussels behind bars.

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