Suspect admits to being Brussels airport attacker known as 'Man in Hat,' prosecutors say

Belgian Prosecutors Confirm Suspect
Belgian Prosecutors Confirm Suspect

A suspect arrested in connection with last month's attacks in Brussels admitted to being the third suspect spotted in surveillance footage at the Brussels Airport before the bombings there, Belgium prosecutors said Saturday.

Mohamed Abrini was arrested and charged, along with three other men, with participating in "terrorist murders" and the "activities of a terrorist group" in relation to the March 22 bombings in Brussels' airport and subway.

Upon Abrini's arrest Friday, the prosecutors' office said they were trying to confirm whether he was the "man in the hat" seen in security footage with two other men and on Saturday said he admitted that he was the third man present during the airport bombings. He told investigators that he threw out his suicide vest and sold his hat following the bombings.

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Belgian prosecutors identified the other suspects arrested in relation to the March 22 airport and subway bombings as Osama K., Herve B.M. and Bilal E.M.

The announcement of the new arrests and charges came as 50 police officers were on the scene of an anti-terror operation in the Brussels suburb of Etterbeek, with roads closed off and nearby people evacuated.