Belgium on Monday released the sole suspect prosecutors had arrested directly in relation to the Brussels terror attacks.
The stunning revelation came as Brussels prepared to honor victims of the bombings with an interfaith memorial after a weekend of raids across Europe aimed at signalling stepped-up cooperation in wake of the carnage in the Belgian capital.
The toll from the bombings climbed to 35 early Monday while several suspects remained in custody from Belgium to Italy and the Netherlands, picked up as part of a spree of searches carried out over the weekend. Three were charged with terror offenses though it was not explicitly clear if they were linked to any particular attack.
“The international coordination is very intense,” Belgium’s Foreign Office spokesman Didier Van Der Haefelt told NBC News. “You have only to look at the recent arrests.” Read more