BELGIUM

Belgian judge extends detention of Abrini, five other Paris attacks suspects

John Thys, AFP | A police vehicle leaves the Brussels courthouse, where Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini and three others were heard on on April 14, 2016

A Belgian judge ruled to extend by one month the detention of six suspects being held in connection with the November 13 attacks in and around Paris, which claimed the lives of 130 people.

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The judge’s decision was announced in a communiqué from the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office on Thursday.

Mohamed Abrini, 31, who is also under investigation for suspected links to the March 22 suicide bombings in Brussels, is among the suspects being held.

Abrini has confessed to being the "man in the hat" at Brussels Airport, where two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden suitcases, killing 16.

A further 16 people were killed that morning when another bomber blew himself up at a Brussels metro station.

In separate judicial proceedings, a Brussels appeals court panel is hearing Abrini's appeal of a June 9 ruling approving his extradition to France over the attacks in Paris.

Both the Paris and Brussels attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

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