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Belgian Police Detain 6th Brussels Attacks Suspect

© AP Photo / Geert Vanden WijngaertPolice investigate an area where terror suspect Mohamed Abrini was arrested earlier today, in Brussels on Friday April 8, 2016
Police investigate an area where terror suspect Mohamed Abrini was arrested earlier today, in Brussels on Friday April 8, 2016 - Sputnik International
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New suspect of having links to the March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels was arrested, according to local media.

Candles and a flag are seen at the Place de la Bourse as people pay tribute to the victims of Tuesday's bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 25, 2016. - Sputnik International
Belgians Investigate Nabbed Terrorist's Role in Paris, Brussels Attacks
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Belgian police have detained the sixth person suspected of having links to the March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels, local media reported Saturday.

The man arrested on Friday in the city's district of Laken was identified as Brussels resident Bilal El Makhoukhi, according to the VRT broadcaster.

It still remains unclear what role he played in the terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital.

In 2015, Makhoukhi was sentenced to five years over Sharia4Belgium case (Sharia for Belgium), three of which were suspended. He is said to be a member of a Belgian radical Salafist organization that recruited dozens of volunteers to Syria, spreading its ideology in the Internet and social networks.

Police officers stand next to the wanted notice of terrorist Salah Abdeslam (L) and Mohamed Abrini on December 3, 2015 at the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy-en-France, outside Paris. - Sputnik International
Belgian Police Detain Paris Attacks Suspect Mohamed Abrini
Earlier on Friday, another five suspects were detained, including Mohamed Abrini, who was seen in a car with Salah Abdeslam, key Paris attacks suspect. Abrini might also be the man wearing a hat and walking alongside two suicide bombers seen in security camera footage in the Brussels Airport several minutes before the deadly explosion.

On March 22, two suicide blasts ripped through the departure hall of the airport in the northeastern municipality of Zaventem while another explosion hit the Maelbeek metro station near the headquarters of the EU institutions in Brussels, killing over 30 people and injuring at least 300.

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