Two charged with supplying fake papers to IS militant involved in Paris, Brussels attacks


Belgian authorities have charged two people with supplying fake documents to an Islamic State militant involved in the November 2015 attacks in Paris and who later carried out a suicide bombing on the Brussels metro.

Khalid El Bakraoui was involved in planning the attacks in Paris on the evening of November 13, 2015 in which 130 people were killed. He then blew himself up in the Brussels metro last March, as part of coordinated attacks that killed 32 people.

A man, who Interpol named as Khalid El Bakraoui, is seen in this undated photo. Photo: Interpol via Reuters

Belgian police detained a man and a woman in a house search on Wednesday, prosecutors said.

The woman, identified as Meryem E. B, was released under strict conditions. The man, named as Farid K, remained in custody. He is also charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist organisation.

Police officers patrol after raids in which several people, including Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, were arrested on March 18, 2016. Photo: Getty Images

"They are suspected of having provided Khalid El Bakraoui with the false documents later used in preparation for the Paris attacks," prosecutors said.

Bakraoui rented, under a false name, an apartment in the city's Forest borough where police hunting Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam killed another suspected militant in a raid weeks before the attacks in Brussels.

An undated handout image made available by Belgium Federal Police of Salah Abdeslam. Photo via AP

He is also believed to have rented a safe house in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi used in preparation for the Paris attacks.