Mohamed Abrini, on Europe’s most wanted list since November’s attacks in Paris, has been arrested alongside four others in a police operation in Brussels.
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The investigators are now verifying whether Osama K can be positively identified as being the second person present at the time of the attack in the Maelbeek subway station.
Belgian prosecutors confirmed his arrest, saying that he was also under investigation for links to last month’s bombings in Brussels.
The prosecutors said they were looking into whether Abrini was also the ‘man in the hat’ seen at Brussels Airport along with two suspected suicide bombers, but could not provide further details.
The prosecutors named another suspect Osama K, who was filmed buying bags that were later used in the Brussels attacks.
“The investigators are now verifying whether Osama K can be positively identified as being the second person present at the time of the attack in the Maelbeek subway station,” said Thiery Werts, Federal prosecutor’s spokesman.
The latest arrests were treated with cautious optimism after previous slip ups in identifying the third bomber in the Brussels attacks.