Belgium charges three with terrorist activities: prosecutor

Belgian police and security personnel raid Shaerbeek area, after the Brussels bombings on March 22, 2016.
Belgian police and security personnel raid Shaerbeek area, after the Brussels bombings on March 22, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Belgium on Monday (March 28) charged three people with involvement in a terrorist group after they were arrested in an operation at the weekend, the federal prosecutor said.

"They were charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group," the prosecutor's office said in a statement, adding that a fourth person detained on Sunday had been released.

The three men were identified as Yassine A., Mohamed B. et Aboubaker O., the prosecutor said, adding that "in the interest of the inquiry", further details would not be provided.

Belgian police had detained four people during a series of 13 raids on Sunday across the capital Brussels and the towns of Mechelen, about 30km due north of Brussels, and one in Duffel, 40km in the same direction.