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Judge frees man held over Brussels terrorist attacks

By PA Reporters

The only man arrested and charged with involvement in the Brussels attacks has been released because of a lack of evidence.

The man, named officially only as 'Faycal C' but identified in media reports as Faycal Cheffou, walked free after a judge found there was not the evidence to justify holding him.

Belgian prosecutors had said he was facing charges of "involvement in a terrorist group, terrorist murder and attempted terrorist murder".

It had been reported that Cheffou was the "man in white" wearing a black hat and pictured pushing a trolley through Brussels airport with suicide bombers Brahim El-Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui shortly before the blasts.

But police yesterday released airport surveillance video of the man and asked for the public's help in establishing his identity - suggesting they still do not know who he is. The website of Belgium's Federal Police yesterday began carrying a 32-second video of a mysterious man in a hat suspected of having taken part in the March 22 bombing of Brussels Airport, and stated: "The police are seeking to identify this man."

Some 35 people were killed and many more injured in the terror attacks at the airport and Maalbeek Metro station.

His release comes after Donald Trump said Britain and Europe were "not safe places" following the recent terror attacks.

The US Republican Presidential front-runner said Europe had lots of "very, very severe" problems and added that he did not even think America was a safe place for Americans. Mr Trump told ABC: "I don't think Brussels - England or I don't think that Europe is a safe place. No, I don't. I think there are a lot of problems in Europe.

"When you look at Brussels, when you look at the way they've handled things from law enforcement standpoints, when you look at Paris, when you look at so many other places, no, it's not (safe)."

The comments made by the billionaire businessman were echoed by John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, who told CBS's Face The Nation that US citizens should "avoid a crowded place" if they were travelling to Europe, because "you have no control over who may be there".

In December Mr Trump was mocked by Britons for his comments on "no-go" areas in London, when he claimed that some parts of the capital were "so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives".

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