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Brussels bombers: 8 receive sentences of up to life in jail

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Brussels bombers jailed.

A Belgian court has handed out sentences of up to life in jail to eight men for the 2016 jihadist bombing attacks in Brussels, bringing to an end the country’s largest-ever criminal trial.

The suicide bombings on 22 March 2016 at Brussels’ main airport and on the metro system left 32 people dead and over 340 seriously injured, and were claimed by the Islamic State group.

French citizen Salah Abdeslam and Belgian-Moroccan Mohamed Abrini – already sentenced to life in prison by France for a 2015 massacre in Paris – were the highest-profile of six culprits found guilty of murder in July.

Abrini, who was one of the designated bombers but at the last moment decided not to blow himself up, was given a 30-year jail term.

Abdeslam was the only surviving member of the terrorist cell that targeted the Bataclan theatre and France’s national stadium.



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