6th person arrested over Brussels attacks - official

2016-04-09 16:30
Police officers check the identity of drivers arriving at Brussels Airport in Zaventem . (John Thys, AFP)

Police officers check the identity of drivers arriving at Brussels Airport in Zaventem . (John Thys, AFP)

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Paris - A Belgian official says a sixth person has been arrested over suspected links to the March 22 Brussels bombings, adding to the five caught in a series of raids on Friday.

A spokesperson for Belgium's federal prosecutor's office said the person is under arrest but has refused to give any further details ahead of an official announcement due later on Saturday.

The official spoke anonymously as he was not allowed to speak publicly.

He also said that a suspect arrested earlier - identified only as Osama K by authorities - was from Sweden, providing partial confirmation that the man is Osama Krayem from the Swedish city of Malmo.

Magnus Ranstorp, a counterterrorism expert at the Swedish National Defence College, says Krayem had previously posted photos from Syria on social media.

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