Brussels South Charleroi Airport baggage handler arrested for making comments in support of terrorism on social media

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On 17 November a baggage handler working at Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) has been arrested. The man, also a union representative, allegedly made comments in support of terrorism on social media. The threats were specifically against the police.

According to a source close to the investigation, the defendant wanted to “shoot down police officers with a Kalashnikov” and “blow up police stations“. After that threat an investigation was opened and the airport access badge of the defendant was immediately deactivated, according to newspaper Sudpresse. During a series of wire taps the investigators discovered that the baggage handler also put pressure on other staff to favor the recruitment of ‘non-Belgians‘.

On November 17, the suspect has been arrested for inciting a terrorist attack and for criminal organization. Another investigation has been opened for harassment and discrimination when recruiting.

As a result of the case, BSCA will hold a special board meeting this evening.

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