MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Belgian law enforcement was informed about es-Sati by the imam of one of the local mosques and collected information about es-Sati, who was not known as a radicalized person, Bonte added.
"[Es-Sati] was here from January to March last year," Bonte said, as quoted by the Belgian VRT broadcaster.
According to the broadcaster, Bonte had no residence permit and was looking for a job at local mosques in order to stay in Belgium. It is still unknown if Belgian terror suspects have contacted es-Sati.
On Thursday, a van hit pedestrians in the center of Barcelona, killing over a dozen and injuring over 130 others. Hours after the incident, another vehicle attack took place in Catalonia's southern town of Cambrils. In the attack, a police officer and six civilians were injured and at least one of them died later. The responsibility for the van attack in Barcelona was reportedly claimed by Daesh terror group (IS, outlawed in Russia).