Belgium charges four over attacks

A photo presented by Belgian Federal prosecutors shows CCTV images of a suspect wanted in connection with the Brussels attacks of 22 March 2016Image copyright

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The images of a man in a hat in Brussels airport were distributed after the attack

A terror suspect arrested in Belgium on Friday has admitted being the “man in the hat” seen with the suicide bombers at Brussels airport, prosecutors say.

They say Mohamed Abrini was told investigators that he was at the scene of the 22 March bombings.

Abrini is also wanted in connection with the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people last November.

He is one of six men arrested in Brussels on Friday. Four have been charged with terror offences.

The attacks at Zaventem airport and a metro station in Brussels left 32 people dead.

Officials believe those who carried out the Brussels and the Paris attacks were part of the same network backed by so-called Islamic State.

Abrini, 31, was placed in detention by the Belgian judge in charge on the investigation into the Paris attacks.

Abrini’s fingerprints and DNA were found in two “safe houses” in Brussels, as well as in a car used during the Paris attacks, investigators say.

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Belgian police

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Abrini was captured on CCTV (R) at a service station at Ressons in northern France while driving a car with Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam

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