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Judge to decide if suspects in Paris, Brussels attacks to remain in preventive custody

Click to play video: 'Brussels attackers were initially targeting France for second attack' Brussels attackers were initially targeting France for second attack
WATCH ABOVE: The extremists who struck Brussels last month and killed 32 people initially planned to launch a second assault on France in the wake of the November attacks in Paris. Ross Lord reports – Apr 10, 2016

BRUSSELS – A Belgian judge is deciding whether to keep Mohamed Abrini and a half-dozen other suspects in the Paris and Brussels attacks in preventive custody.

Thursday’s hearing in Brussels comes after Abrini was arrested last week and charged in the March 22 attacks in Brussels, which left 32 dead, and the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, which killed 130.

READ MORE: Terrorist network behind Paris-Brussels attacks a ‘supercell’ of extremism

Authorities say Abrini acknowledged accompanying two suicide bombers who blew themselves up at Brussels Airport. France’s BFM television reported Abrini claimed to investigators he “wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

Abrini had close ties to the Paris attackers and is believed to have travelled to Syria and to have met with suspected terrorists in England.

READ MORE: Brussels attackers were also planning another terror attack in France

Belgian and French authorities have detained dozens in the investigation into the attacks claimed by Islamic State extremists.

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