Brussels Terror Group Initially Planned Second Attack on France, Prosecutor Says

Abrini admitted to being "the man in hat" spotted in surveillance video alongside the two suicide bombers at Brussels Airport

The attackers behind the Brussels bombing on March 22 initially planned to launch a second assault on France, Belgium's prosecutor said Sunday, NBC News reported.

But the perpetrators were "surprised by the speed of the progress in the ongoing investigation" and decided to hasten an attack on Brussels instead, his office said in a statement. It didn't provide any details on the initial plot or its targets and the office couldn't immediately be reached for further comment.

The revelation came as the prosecutor formally charged Mohamed Abrini with "terrorist murders" and participation in a terror group with regard to the attacks at Brussels Airport and a train station that left 32 people dead.

Abrini was initially sought, arrested and charged in relation to the November 2015 terror spree in Paris, which left 130 people dead.

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