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Brussels attacks: Sixth captured suspect identified

By Marilyn Malara
A sixth suspect has been arrested in connection to last month's Brussels airport bombings, which killed dozens. Bilal el Makhouki was arrested soon after it was announced the alleged "man in the hat" in surveillance videos ahead of the bombings was arrested. File Photo by Albert Masias/ UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/55f38d1c13485564faa973e167bd71bd/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
A sixth suspect has been arrested in connection to last month's Brussels airport bombings, which killed dozens. Bilal el Makhouki was arrested soon after it was announced the alleged "man in the hat" in surveillance videos ahead of the bombings was arrested. File Photo by Albert Masias/ UPI | License Photo

BRUSSELS, April 9 (UPI) -- Belgian authorities have identified a sixth suspect detained as part of an ongoing investigation into recent attacks in Brussels and Paris, which have collectively left 162 people dead.

Shortly after Mohamed Abrini, the so-called "man in the hat" from Brussels airport surveillance video, was captured, an official announced Saturday a sixth suspect, Bilal el Makhoukh, was also detained, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Makhoukh had been previously connected with Belgium-based Islamic group Sharia4Belgium, which was declared a terrorist group in a court ruling last year. The group reportedly sent dozens of its members to fight in Syria.

Makhoukh was sentenced to five years in prison early last year because of his connection to the group, but his jail time was cut to two months due to his physical ability. Makhoukh had lost a leg while fighting in Syria.

Belgian police have been sweeping neighborhoods in Brussels and surrounding areas as part of an ongoing probe into those behind the recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

Abrini has been on the run since he was spotted in Parisian security footage alongside Salah Abdeslam, a main suspect in connection to the Paris bombings. He was also seen driving the car used during the attack.

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Abdeslam was arrested two days before the March 22 Brussels bombings that left at least 32 people dead.

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