You are here: Home » International » News » Others
Business Standard

Belgium charges third suspect in foiled French attack with terrorism

Two others -- Abderrahmane A and Rabah M -- are also being held in Belgium over the same plot

AFP/PTI  |  Brussels 

Image via Shutterstock

Belgium today charged a third suspect with terrorist activities over a foiled plot to attack France, federal prosecutors said.

They named the suspect only as 35-year-old Y A, but gave no further details.

"He has been charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group," the federal prosecutor's office said in a statement, adding that the development was part of a joint investigation by France and Belgium.

Two -- Abderrahmane A and Rabah M -- are also being held in Belgium over the same plot.

The main plot suspect is Reda Kriket, who was arrested near Paris last week after police found an arsenal of weapons and explosives at his home.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said "no specific target" had been identified for the foiled attack but that the cache of weapons showed an imminent act of "extreme violence" had likely been prevented.

The Netherlands is also holding a French national in connection with the same plot and he is currently fighting his extradition to France.

European authorities have been under pressure to step up efforts to crack down on cross-border jihadist networks after close links emerged between the attackers blamed for the November Paris attacks and those behind last week's suicide blasts at the airport and a metro station in Brussels.

First Published: Sat, April 02 2016. 16:57 IST