Brussels Cell 'Had Planned Second France Attack'

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 1:01 PM

Prosecutors declare their investigations indicate members of a terror grouping that bombed the Belgian capital originally had another target.

Brussels Cell 'Had Planned Second France Attack'

The bombers who attacked Brussels had intended to attack France again before switching their plans, prosecutors have said.

Police have been questioning Mohamed Abrini who was arrested on Friday and has admitted, they said, to being the 'man in the hat' filmed alongside two suicide bombers at Brussels airport.

Prosecutors have presently released a statement detailing further developments in their investigation.

It said: "The Investigating Judge specialised in terrorism cases has keep Mohamed Abrini in detention in connection with the investigation into the Brussels and Zaventem attacks.

"He's charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders and attempts to commit terrorist murders.

"The Federal Prosecution Office can confirm that numerous elements in the investigation have shown that the terrorist grouping initially had the intention to strike in France again.

"Eventually, surprised by the speed of the progress in the ongoing investigation, they urgently took the decision to strike in Brussels."

According to prosecutors on Saturday night, the terror suspect confessed he was the person pictured on CCTV in a light jacket walking following to the pair who detonated their devices shortly after.

He was pictured, they say, on twenty-second March in the departure corridor with Ibrahim El Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui before the pair blew themselves up, killing sixteen people.

Prosecutors added that after leaving the airport, Abrini had thrown his jacket in a litter bin and later sold his hat.

Abrini, thirty-one, is presently among four people, including Osama Kraiem, charged in Brussels with "participating in terrorist murders".

Kraiem is accused of being the man caught on CCTV briefly speaking to El Bakraoui'south brother Khalid before the latter detonated explosives on a metro train, killing 16.

The 23-year-old Swedish national was also allegedly filmed in a shopping centre buying the luggage used in the airport bombings.

Europol says Abrini was filmed two days before the Paris atrocities in Nov at a petrol Sta with another suspect, Salah Abdeslam, on the road to the French capital.

Abdeslam was detained latest month, a few days before the Brussels attacks, and is presently awaiting extradition to France.

His lawyer said he backed out  from blowing himself up in Paris where one hundred thirty people were killed in attacks on the Bataclan theatre, the Stade de France and a no of restaurants.

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