UPDATE: Belgian police arrest three in connection with October 16 terror attack in Brussels

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 22 at 10:09 pm

THREE individuals have been arrested in Belgium in connection with the terrorist attack that occurred in Brussels on October 16.

According to a statement from the Federal Public Office on Wednesday, November 22, the suspects were detained as part of their ongoing investigations, reported rtbf.be.

Confirming a report from VRT,  the prosecutor’s office said that following searches on Tuesday morning: ‘three people were deprived of their liberty for questioning and were subsequently placed under arrest’. The searches were reportedly conducted in Ninove, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode and another one in Ixelles.

‘Two of the three people arrested were brought before the examining magistrate and charged with murder and attempted murder in a terrorist context and participation in the activities of a terrorist group’, the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed. The third was charged with ‘weapons offences’.

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October 20 at 5:32 pm

THE male who shot two Swedish football fans dead in Brussels earlier this week in a suspected terror attack was previously detained in Portugal in October 2015.

Abdeslam Lassoued was found working illegally on a farm in the Beiras e Serra da Estrela town of Guarda during a routine operation by the GNR to control foreign workers on agricultural facilities, according to sabado.pt.

It was subsequently discovered that the Tunisian national already had an order in place by the Swedish authorities banning him from entering Sweden. It was issued in February 2013 and was valid until January 2016.

SEF requested that Lassoued be deported

At the time of his detention, the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) requested that the 45-year-old Tunisian national be arrested and deported from Portugal.

However, the judge who heard him in administrative proceedings in the district of Pinhel, in Guarda, decreed only the measure of coercion of Identity and Residence Term plus weekly presentations to the authorities.

Information researched by the news outlet showed that Lassoued complied with the measures placed on him for the first seven days but then simply disappeared from Portuguese territory.

He was eventually detected again by the authorities in 2016, in Belgium, where he was believed to have been living illegally, reported observador.pt this Friday 20.

He shot and killed two people in Brussels and injured a third

Lassoued then appeared in Brussels last Monday 16, where Belgium were playing Sweden in a Euro 2024 qualifier. He shot and killed two people and also injured a taxi driver. Belgian media outlets reported that the two people killed were wearing football shirts of the Swedish national team.

While carrying out his attack, the Tunisian recorded several videos in which he declared himself a member of the Islamic State.

The city was placed on high alert after he fled the scene until he was finally located and killed by Belgian police officers the following day.

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Chris King

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