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Brussels attack suspect's detention extended

Published 12/05/2016

Police stand guard as terror suspect Mohamed Abrini's case is discussed in court at a justice building in Brussels (AP)
Police stand guard as terror suspect Mohamed Abrini's case is discussed in court at a justice building in Brussels (AP)

A Belgian court has ordered Mohamed Abrini, the Brussels attack suspect known as "the man in the hat", to be held in custody for another month.

Four other suspects also had their detention extended, Belgian prosecutors said in a statement on Thursday.

They include Swedish national Osama Krayem, who Belgian authorities say was spotted with the suicide bomber who attacked the Brussels Metro on March 22.

That same morning, Abrini, sporting a hat, was seen with the two suicide bombers who targeted Brussels Airport. A total of 32 victims died in the attacks.

Abrini, 31, a Belgian national, is also wanted in connection with the November 13 attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.

Belgian and French officials say the same network backed by Islamic State was responsible for both actions.

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