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    Westminster Magistrates' Court in London has charged two men from Birmingham with financing Mohamed Abrini reportedly linked to terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The West Midlands regional police said in a statement Thursday that Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil, both aged 26, have been charged alongside Soumaya Boufassil, 29, with funding terrorism offenses which allegedly occurred in July 2015.

    According to the BBC, it was Abrini whom Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil provided with 3,000 pounds (some $4,380) during his travel to Birmingham.

    All suspects have been reportedly taken in custody. Their next appearance in court is scheduled to take place at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales in London on May 13.

    In mid-April, Belgian media reported that the special facial recognition software of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation had helped confirm Abrini had links to the terrorists behind the Brussels attacks. Abrini was also linked to Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who was detained in Belgium in March, shortly before the attacks in Brussels.

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    terrorism, Paris Attacks, Brussels bombings, Mohammed Ali Ahmed, Zakaria Boufassil, Soumaya Boufassil, Mohamed Abrini, Britain
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