Brussels suspect Osama Krayem charged over Paris attacks

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Swedish national Osama Krayem, charged in connection with the Brussels bombings, has also been charged over the Paris attacks, Belgian media reported on Tuesday citing prosecutors.

Krayem, 23, was charged on April 9 with “terrorist murders” over last month’s suicide blasts in the Belgian capital, but the new charges reflect growing links between the attackers and those who carried out November’s jihadist carnage in Paris.

“His fingerprints were found at several hideouts used during preparations for these attacks,” Flemmish television station VRT reported.

Belga news agency confirmed the fresh charges, citing prosecutors.

The prosecution service and Krayem’s lawyers were not immediately reachable by AFP, but prosecutors are due to hold a news conference on Wednesday.

The coordinated bombings at Brussels airport and a metro station near European Union headquarters, claimed by the Islamic State group, left 32 people dead months after the Paris attacks killed 130 people.

The authorities suspect Krayem, a Swede of Syrian origin, of buying the bags used for the Brussels bombings.

 

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