Kerry in Brussels, Belgium arrests 7 in blast probe

Brussels—US Secretary of State John Kerry is holding counterterrorism talks in Brussels on Friday as top members of Belgium’s embattled government face ongoing criticism for a series of security and intelligence failings in the run-up to this week’s bomb attacks in the city that killed 31 people and wounded 270. Kerry’s arrival Friday morning comes hours after at least six people were detained in raids linked to Tuesday’s attacks on the Brussels airport and subway system. Belgian prosecutors are expected to decide later Friday whether to charge or release them. French counterterrorism police also detained a man Thursday who officials say was in the advanced stages of an attack plot. Officials told The Associated Press that the suspect, Reda Kriket, 34, had a past Belgian terrorism conviction and was linked to the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
Two Americans killed: At least two American citizens have been confirmed killed in this week’s attacks in Brussels, a U.S. official said Friday, as Kerry expressed his condolences to the Belgian people.—Agencies

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