Brussels Bomber Was ‘Migrant Rights Activist’ Who Lived Next Door to EU

Liam Deacon, Breitbart, March 28, 2016

The first man charged with the Islamic State (IS) Brussels terror attacks is a migrant rights activist and ‘freelance journalist’ who lived next door to headquarters of the European Union (EU).

Faycal Cheffou is thought to be the “man in the hat” pictured next to suicide bombers Najim Laachraoui and Ibrahim El Bakraoui as they entered Brussels airport shortly before 8am on the 22nd on March.


Mr. Cheffou was listed as working for a radio station for North African migrants in an article from 2005. He claimed to be a ‘freelance journalist’ who took a special interest in refugees.

Last year Brussels Mayor, Yves Mayeur, accused him of trying to recruit jihadists among asylum seekers and migrants living at a refugee centre at Maximilien park near the northern rail station.

According to Belgium paper Le Soir, Mr. Mayeur considered him to be “dangerous” and repeatedly tried without success to have him legally expelled from the centre. Finally, in September, the mayor issued a ban to keep him out of the park.


In a video uploaded to YouTube two years ago, named “Oppressed”, he stands outside a migrant centre in the Belgian province of Steenokkerzeel and claims the residents within are protesting as they are not receiving enough food after breaking their Ramadan fast.

“After 10:00 pm these people find themselves with nothing to eat, completely forgotten by the rest of the world,” he tells the camera. “This is a lack of respect for human rights.”


His YouTube channel has more than 900 subscribers, and recent topics include supposed police brutality against ethnic minorities, alleged human rights abuses against Palestinians, the Quran, and a report on Hasna Ait Boulahcen, a suspected terrorist who died in a raid linked to the Paris attacks.


{snip} A Kalashnikov and grenades were reportedly found at his home in Schaerbeek.

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