Police Operation Ends in Schaerbeek, One Person Arrested


Time: 3:29 p.m. CEST

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Police tape is seen on the apartment building at 4 Max Roos Street in the Schaarbeek (Schaerbeek in French) district on March 25, 2016, in Brussels, Belgium. On the top floor of the building, police discovered in a raid a makeshift bomb factory in which they found 15 kilograms of explosives, detonators, 30 liters of hydrogen peroxide and 150 liters of acetone, a suitcase filled with screws and nails, and casings used to hold bombs.

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Belgium public broadcaster RTBF said Friday afternoon, three suspects of six arrested on Thursday remain in detention. One of them is Faisal Cheffou, who talked before the federal prosecutor. Two others, arrested in Jette also talked with the prosecutor. At this moment, as RTBF says, there is no indication that Cheffou is the third man who fled after the attack and appeared in bright jacket and with a hat on CCTV footage. He is not cooperating with the investigators. Prosecution released three other suspects after the talks.

Despite this, as part of the operations related with the arrest of Reda Kriket in the Paris region, several people were arrested, RTBF says. “Two suspects were injured during the arrests in the Brussels suburb Forest on Friday morning, and the other was about at the Meiserplein on Friday afternoon. A third person was arrested in the street in Saint-Gilles,” RTBF says.

The operations are continuing. The federal prosecutor does not comment yet.

Najim Laachraoui officially identified after he was officially recognized as one of the suicide attackers of Zaventem. Previously, his DNA traces were found on the explosive material used in Bataclan and the Stade de France in the attacks of Paris November 13, 2015. The authorities were looking for him days before the attacks on March 22, but he detonated the explosive at the Zaventem airport, as media in Belgium write.

Belgian State broadcaster said that major police operation was conducted on Friday close to  the Meiser in Schaerbeek. The operation started from 1:30 p.m, when special units of the federal police deployed in the neighborhood. One person, who refuse to answer to the police injunctions, has been neutralized.” RTBF said.

The mayor of Schaerbeek, Bernard Clerfayt, told RTBF that shortly after 2:40 p.m. operations are now complete, although demining  services continued their work. Clerfayt, confirmed RTBF information, one person, injured, has been arrested. And, he adds, this individual is actually linked to the Brussels attacks.

RTBF says that they learned, “this intervention in Schaerbeek is linked with the operation conducted Thursday evening in Argenteuil, France.” The mayor ensured that two explosions heard at the beginning of the intervention and one heard by RTBF reporter o the site, “were controlled.” A demining robot had also been observed.

Meanwhile, Turkish Daily Sabah published that “letter showing that Ibrahim El Bakraoui, one of the key suspects in Brussels attacks was deported by Turkish authorities to the Netherlands was released by European sources on Thursday.”

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