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Belgian charged with leadership role in 2015 Paris attacks

A suspect in the 2015 attacks in Paris has been charged in Belgium with being a leader of the extremist cell that killed 130 people.

The 30-year-old Belgian national, Yassine Atar, has been charged with terrorist assassinations and being a leader in the activities of a terrorist group.

The federal prosecutor's office said he has been remanded in custody for a month.

The cases of extremist suspects in Belgium are reviewed monthly until their trials, so such periods of custody are almost always extended.

Atar was arrested on March 27 2016, five days after suicide bombers attacked Brussels airport and subway, killing 32 people.

He was a cousin of two of those bombers, brothers Ibrahim and Khalid Bakraoui.

Atar is also the brother of one of the supposed masterminds of the Paris plot, Oussama Atar.

The Islamic State group claimed the attacks on November 13 2015, which hit a rock concert, the national football stadium and bustling pavement cafes. Hundreds of people were injured.

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