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Salah Abdeslam charged with terrorist offences

Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam Credit: ITV News

Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam was charged with terrorist offences on Wednesday - hours after being handed over to French authorities.

Abdeslam is suspected of playing a key role in November's terrorist attacks in the French capital, in which 130 people were killed.

He has now been charged with belonging to a terrorist organisation, murder, kidnap and possession of weapons and explosives.

Abdeslam, who was arrested in Brussels on March 18, is to be put in solitary confinement, according to his lawyer.

Brussels suspect charged in connection with Paris attacks

Tributes left in the Place de la Bourse, Brussels, following the attacks Credit: PA

A main suspect in the Brussels bombings has also been charged in connection with the Paris attacks four months earlier, Belgian federal prosecutors said.

Swedish national Osama Krayem, 23, who was arrested in Brussels alongside suspect Mohamed Abrini earlier this month, has been charged with terrorist murder and participation in a terror group.

The Brussels bombings claimed the lives of 32 victims in March, while 130 died in November's attacks in Paris.

Krayem might have been present in different safehouses used by the militant attackers, such as a suspected bomb factory raided in December, prosecutors said.

"He has been charged with terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist group," prosecutors said.

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Belgium releases three held over Paris attacks

Belgium special forces police secure access during a police operation to search an apartment complex in the Brussels district of Uccle, Belgium, on Tuesday Credit: Reuters

Three people arrested in Brussels on Tuesday in connection with the Paris terrorist attacks have been released, Belgian prosecutors have said.

Earlier on Tuesday Belgian prosecutors said they had charged two men with terror offences in relation to the Brussels bombings on March 22 - which killed 32 people.

November's terrorist attacks in Paris killed 130 and injured over 360 others.

Belgian prosecutors charge two on terror offences

Belgian prosecutors charged Mohamed Abrini on Saturday Credit: Reuters

Belgian prosecutors charged two men with terrorism offences on Tuesday.

Officials said the men had links with the rental of a potential safe house used in carrying out the Brussels bombings on March 22 - which killed 32 people.

On Saturday, Mohamed Abrini - the so-called "man in the hat" - was also charged with terror offences in relation to the last month's attacks.

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Why is release of Brussels suspect Faycal C significant?

Belgian prosecutors confirmed they had released a man called Faycal C today after he was initially charged with "participation in a terrorist group" and "terrorist killings" in connection with the Brussels attacks.

According to ITV News correspondent Emma Murphy the release is "very significant" as he was the only person charged in connection with the attacks so far.

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