Lawyer: Paris attacks suspect unaware of Brussels bombings

The multiple bombings in Brussels on Tuesday killed over 30 people and wounded over 300.

People hold a banner reading in French and Flamish “I AM BRUSSELS” as they gather around floral tributes, candles, belgian flags and notes in front of the Bourse of Brussels on 22 March, 2016 in tribute to the victims of Brussels following triple bomb attacks in the Belgian capital that killed about 35 people and left more than 200 people wounded. Picture: AFP.

BRUSSELS - Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect in November's Paris attacks, was not aware of the plan to attack Brussels airport and metro, according to his lawyer.

The multiple bombings in Brussels on Tuesday, which killed at least 31 people and wounded 300, were carried out by men linked to Abdeslam, according to prosecutors.

Abdeslam was arrested last Friday, three days before the attacks.

"He was not aware," several Belgian media outlets quoted Sven Mary as saying on Thursday.


European ministers are holding a crisis meeting in Brussels to discuss their response to this week's bombings.

Islamic State, who have claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attacks in Belgium, have warned they'll target other cities.

Meanwhile, the boss of the European police agency, Europol, says he fears up to 5,000 Europeans have been radicalised.

Salah Abdeslam is reported to have stopped co-operating with officers, though he has agreed to be extradited to Paris for questioning.

Although he claims he had no knowledge of Tuesday's attacks, officials are hoping he may be able to give them information on radicalised extremists hiding out in Europe.

Additional reporting by Reuters