Brussels bombing suspect let go as new 'man in hat' CCTV footage released

Belgian police have released a man that they had initially charged with "participation in a terrorist group" and "terrorist killings" in connection with the Brussels attacks on the same day that they revealed new CCTV footage of another suspect.

Faycal C, who was the only person charged in connection with last week's attacks, was released due to "lack of evidence", prosecutors said.

It comes as US Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump warned Britain and Europe are "not safe" following the recent terror 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.


Brussels Attacks: 96 people still in hospital

It is believed about 340 people in total were injured in the attacks at Brussels airport and metro Credit: REUTERS/Yorick Jansens

The latest figures on the injured following the Brussels attacks have revealed that 96 people are still in hospital.

ITV News correspondent Emma Murphy reports that of those still in hospital 55 people are in intensive care units and 30 are suffering from burns.

One person has also been repatriated to the US for care.

Police release CCTV of Brussels 'man in hat' suspect

Belgian police have released CCTV footage in the hunt for the "man in hat" suspect in the Brussels attacks.

He fled after his bomb failed to go off, a prosecutor said previously.

The suspect is seen wearing a white jacket, a hat and is pushing a trolley with a suitcase on.

There has been speculation over his identity.

ITV News understands this is the first time the footage has been publicly available and the video was labelled with the incorrect date.

Images taken from the CCTV have been previously circulated.

Three charged in Brussels with terror group participation

Brussels prosecutors have charged three more people with participation in a terrorist group.

A fourth person they had detained for questioning has been released.

In a statement, the federal prosecutors named the three charged as:

  • Yassine A.
  • Mohamed B.
  • Aboubaker O.

Prosecutors said they could not give further information at this stage. It is unclear if the charges are linked to the Brussels attacks.


Brussels terror attack death toll revised to 35

British national David Dixon was confirmed among the dead last week Credit: Facebook

The death toll from the bomb blasts in Brussels has risento 35, including the three attackers, the health minister said.

"Four patients deceased in hospital. Medical teams did all possible. Total victims: 35. Courage to all the families," Maggie De Block said in a tweet.

Previously, it was said 31 people including the assailants lost their lives, with more than 300 injured.

Belgium's crisis centre previously said that 28 of the victims had been identified.

Of these, 15 died at the airport of whom six were Belgian and nine were foreign nationals.

The 13 victims of the metro blast included 10 Belgians and three foreign nationals.

Among the dead was British man David Dixon, along with Italian, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Swedish and American nationals.

Trump: Britain and Europe 'not safe places' after attacks

Mr Trump's comments were echoed by John Kerry. Credit: Reuters

Britain and Europe are "not safe" following recent terror attacks, US Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has said.

Mr Trump said Europe has a lot of "very, very severe" problems.

He also said he did not think America was a safe place for Americans.

Mr Trump's comments to ABC came five days after the Brussels airport blasts and Metro bomb which killed at least 31 people.

He said: "I don't think Bruss - England or I don't think that Europe is a safe place. No, I don't. I think there are a lot of problems in Europe that are very, very severe.

"When you look at Brussels, when you look at the way they've handled things from law enforcement standpoints, when you look at Paris, when you look at so many other places, no, it's not (safe)".

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, echoed the comments, saying that US citizens should "avoid a crowded place" if they were travelling in Europe because "you have no control over who may be there".

Protesters pushed back from Brussels tribute site

Protesters have been pushed back from the Brussels tribute site at the Place de la Bourse by riot police who deployed the use of a water cannon to break up the disturbance.

Hundreds of protesters arrived at the square on Sunday after they ignored an official call for solidarity marches following Tuesday's bomb attacks to be postponed.

ITV news Correspondent Emma Murphy was at the scene when the protests happened and managed to capture the scenes on camera.

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