2 more suspects charged in Brussels bombings

Police secure an area during a house search in the Etterbeek neighborhood in Brussels on Saturday April 9, 2016. The arrest Friday of six men suspected of links to the Brussels bombings, including the last known fugitive in last year's Paris attacks, raised new questions about the extent of the Islamic State cell believed to have carried out the intertwined attacks that left 162 people dead in two countries. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities said Tuesday two more men had been charged with offenses related to the Brussels bombings.

The Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s office said the suspects, identified only as Smail F. and Ibrahim F., were involved in renting an apartment in the Etterbeek area of Brussels that served as a hideout for the bomber who attacked the Brussels subway as well as a suspected accomplice.

Sixteen victims died in the March 22 attack, the same day a pair of suicide bombers also killed 16 victims at Brussels airport.

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An investigating magistrate on Monday ordered Smail F., born in 1984, and Ibrahim F., born in 1988, held on charges of participating in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murder and attempted terrorist murder as perpetrators, co-perpetrators or accomplices, the prosecutors’ office said in a statement.

Prosecutors could not been immediately reached for comment, but state-run RTBF broadcasting, citing information form unspecified sources, reported the two suspects were brothers, and that the older sibling had rented the apartment on the Rue des Casernes, while the younger brother helped empty and clean it following the attacks.

Belgian police searched the Etterbeek apartment Saturday but found no weapons or explosives.

The statement from prosecutors said the investigation “is continuing actively day and night.”

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