Fayçal Cheffou charged over ‘core role’ in Brussels bomb attacks
Self-styled journalist had recorded video in which he complained about treatment of Muslims in centre for asylum seekers
Belgian prosecutors have charged a man identified as Fayçal Cheffou with playing a core role in the suicide bomb attacks on Brussels airport and metro that killed 31 people and injured 340.
The suspect was officially identified as Faycal C but named by sources close to the inquiry as Cheffou, a self-styled journalist in his 30s whose older brother was shot and killed by Belgian police over a decade ago. Thought to be the “man in the hat” captured on CCTV at Brussels airport alongside bombers Ibrahim el-Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui, Cheffou was one of several men detained in police raids on Thursday.