April 20, 2016 / 1:03 PM / 2 years ago

Brussels bombing suspect also charged over Paris attacks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A main suspect in the investigation into the Brussels bombings has also been charged with participation in the Paris attacks four months earlier, Belgian federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

A Belgian police officer secures the zone outside a courthouse while Brussels attacks suspects Mohamed Abrini and Osama Krayem appear before a judge, in Brussels, Belgium, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Osama Krayem, who was arrested in Brussels earlier this month, might have been present in different safehouses used by the militant attackers, such as a suspected bomb factory raided in December, prosecutors said.

“He has been charged with terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist group,” prosecutors said in a statement.

The Brussels bombings claimed the lives of 32 victims in March, while 130 died in November’s attacks in Paris.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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