Brussels Attackers Initially Planned to Hit France: Prosecutor

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 1:25 PM

The revelation came as the prosecutor formally charged Mohamed Abrini with "terrorist murders" and participation in a terror grouping with regard to the March twenty-two attacks in the Belgian capital.

Brussels Attackers Initially Planned to Hit France: Prosecutor

The terrorists behind the Brussels bombings had initially planned to strike France, Belgium'south prosecutor said Sunday.

The revelation came as the prosecutor formally charged Mohamed Abrini with "terrorist murders" and participation in a terror grouping with regard to the March twenty-two attacks in the Belgian capital.

Abrini was initially sought, arrested and charged in relation to the November two thousand fifteen terror spree in Paris, which left one hundred thirty people dead.

However, Belgium'south prosecutor said Saturday that Abrini had confessed to being present for the bombings in Zavantem Airport latest month.

In announcing the formal Brussels-related charges against Abrini, the prosecutor further underscored the links between the Paris and Brussels attacks.

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

The statement adds wt to speculation that the raids in Belgium and arrest of primary Paris-attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam may have pushed the terror cell into action.

Abdeslam was arrested four days the bombings on the Brussels airport and subway. More than thirty people were killed in the attacks.

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