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Suspects charged in relation with Brussels attacks

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BRUSSELS — Belgium prosecutors said the suspect identified only as Faycal C. in the Brussels attacks has been charged with terrorist murder and two other offenses.

Faycal C. was one of several detained Thursday night in Brussels, but is the first to face charges in relation to the terror attacks in the Belgium capital.

An investigating judge formally handed down his arrest warrant and charged him with terrorist murders, attempted murder relating to terror plots and links to terror groups, the prosecutor said in a statement Saturday.

It added that a search of Faycal C.'s home had turned up no weapons or explosives.

It was not immediately clear if Faycal C. was believed to be the man seen in surveillance footage at the Brussels airport with two suicide bombers. Belgian authorities would not comment on the questions raised by local media.

Belgian authorities have carried out a number of raids in central Brussels and the neighborhood of Schaerbeek since Tuesday's deadly attacks on the airport and subway system.

In addition to uncovering a suspected bomb factory in Schaerbeek earlier in the week, authorities wounded and arrested a suspect on Friday at a tram stop in the neighborhood.

The prosecutor on Saturday said the suspect — Abderamane A. — will remain in custody for another 24 hours.

While a march had been planned for Sunday to show support and solidarity in wake of the attacks, Belgian officials urged the public to delay the event so police could focus on the investigation.

The Brussels Airport will remain closed until at least Tuesday March 29,officials said Saturday.

Meanwhile, singer Mariah Carey has canceled her upcoming show in Brussels.

"I love my fans in Brussels and at this time I am being advised to cancel my show for the safety of my fans, my band, crew and everyone involved with the tour," Carey tweeted Friday. "I hope to see you soon and send my prayers and eternal love, laughter and light to my Lambs."

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