|The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement today that an arrest warrant has been issued for a man identified as Faycal Cheffou|
Belgian prosecutors have arrested and charged a new suspect in the Brussels terror attacks. The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement today that a man identified as Faycal Cheffou, was one of six men detained in a police raid on Thursday.
The statement added that he has been charged with for 'involvement in a terrorist group, terrorist killings and attempted terrorist killings'. Belgium media reports suggest Cheffou, a freelance journalist, is the third bomber pictured walking through Brussels Airport before the attacks with Ibrahim El Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui. However that has not been confirmed by Belgian prosecutors.
But one source close to the investigation, said: 'That is a hypothesis the investigators are working on.' Reports in the Belgian media also say that the taxi driver who took the suicide bombers to the airport on Tuesday morning has said he believes the man wearing the white jacket and hat is Cheffou.
Prosecutors also said a second man Aboubakar A. had also been charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group.
|Belgium media reports suggest Cheffou, a freelance journalist, is the third bomber pictured far right, walking through Brussels Airport before the attacks wearing a white coat and hat|
Ibrahim El Bakraoui, left, and Najim Laachraoui, right, who carried out the attack at Brussels Airport on Tuesday
Another suspect named as Rabah N. linked to a foiled plot in France was charged with taking part in terrorist activities. Cheffou lived in a small studio in an apartment building just 500 metres from Maelbeek metro station, De Morgen reported. Police cleared the building of all residents and spent five hours searching his small home, the paper said.
|The aftermath of the explosions at Brussels airport in terror attacks on Tuesday. Today Belgian prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a new suspect in the terror attacks|
|The Brussels terror attacks on Tuesday saw 31 people killed at both Brussels Airport and on the city's Metro at Maalbeck station|
A resident heard investigators say they had not found weapons or explosives but had 'found enough'. Cheffou, thought to be a freelance journalist, is known to the authorities for drugs and violence, the paper claimed.
In one video recorded in 2014, he is seen reporting outside a centre for asylum seekers in Belgium. The footage shows him criticising authorities for serving meals to the asylum seekers when Muslims were trying to fast during Ramadan. It is also said his sister reported him to police in 2014 saying she was worried he was planning to go to Syria but was 'waiting the right moment'.
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