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Brussels attacks: Prosecutors charge man with terror offences

Published 26/03/2016

Blown-out windows are visible at Brussels airport in Belgium (AP)
Blown-out windows are visible at Brussels airport in Belgium (AP)

Prosecutors in Belgium have charged a man with terrorist offences in relation to the terror attacks in Brussels.

They named him as Faycal C, who was arrested on Thursday.

At least 32 people were killed and 270 injured when suicide bombs ripped through an airport and a Metro station on Tuesday morning.

The developments come as Brussels airport officials moved to assess the damage caused by twin explosions at the terminal on Tuesday.

Authorities have wrapped up their investigation of the crime scene at the airport, and will allow engineers into the building to check its structural safety and information technology systems - and whether any damage can be repaired quickly.

Brussels Airport, which handles 23.5 million passengers annually, said it would be Tuesday at the earliest before flights resume.

Authorities believe both the Brussels attacks and the November 13 bombings in Paris that killed 130 people were plotted from Belgium.

Heavily armed police swept into Brussels neighbourhoods on Friday in operations linked to the attacks. Signs of a large police operation remained visible on Saturday at the tram station in Schaerbeek district in Brussels where a man was shot.

The man, who was sitting with a young girl and holding a bag, was ordered by police "to put the bag far from him". After he did so, police shot him twice.

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