Tuesday 22 May 2018

Man charged over 'terrorist murders bid' but brother is released without charge

Police in Belgium freed one brother and charged the other
Police in Belgium freed one brother and charged the other

A man in Belgium has been charged with attempting to commit "terrorist murders" and participating in a terror group and his brother has been released without charge, the federal prosecutor's office announced on Saturday.

The prosecutor's office said a 33-year-old man identified only as Nourredine H. and his brother Hamza H. were taken in for questioning on suspicion of plotting a terror attack following police searches Friday evening of seven houses in the city of Liege and the Mons region.

Belgian prosecutors said late on Saturday that Nourredine H. was charged and his brother was freed. Officials said no further information would be released.

The police searches were carried out at the request of a magistrate specialising in terrorism investigations.

Brussels was hit on March 22 by suicide bombings that killed 32 people at Brussels Airport and in the Brussels underground.

That attack was claimed by the Islamic State extremist group and carried out by the same cell that killed 130 people on November 13 in Paris.


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