Brussels shooting: Man believed to have helped Lassoued get AR-15 arrested

The man arrested on Wednesday as part of the investigation into the Brussels bombings has been taken into custody, the Federal Prosecutor's Office announced on Thursday. He is said to be a Tunisian man from Tervuren, just outside Brussels. He allegedly helped Abdesalem Lassoued obtain an AR-15, which he used to carry out an attack in Brussels. ​

On Monday 16 October, Lassoued killed two Swedish football fans in Brussels. A third was seriously injured. Lassoued used an AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle from the United States, a weapon he may have obtained from Lamied K.

On Thursday morning, K. was arrested by the investigating judge on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in a terrorist context and participation in the activities of a terrorist organisation, reports De Standaard.

For now, federal prosecutors will only confirm that the Tunisian may be linked to the weapon used in the attack. In the days leading up to the attack, the man is said to have exchanged photos with Lassoued of an AR-15, the same type of weapon used by the terrorist on the fatal night. They also allegedly exchanged coded messages.

It has not yet been confirmed whether K. is the man who helped the terrorist to obtain a weapon. Two searches were carried out on Wednesday, in Tervuren and in Tongeren, where K. used to live.

Last Thursday, two men were also arrested in Paris.




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