This was the case of two US off-duty servicemen wrestling the jihadi to the floor and holding him there until authorities could arrive.
Belgium charges two over 2015 Thalys train attack
The pair, suspected of helping Moroccan gunman Ayoub El Khazzani, were charged with “participation in the activities of a terrorist group”, Belgian prosecutors said in a statement.
They were among four men held on Monday as part of the probe into the August 2015 attack, which could have been a bloodbath but for the actions of quick-thinking passengers – including two off-duty US servicemen – who overpowered the heavily-armed Khazzani as he opened fire.
The prosecutor’s office identified the pair who were charged as “Mohamed B., born on 10/04/1987” and “Youssef S., born on 29/08/1988”. They are both Belgian.
A source close to the case told AFP the first man was Mohamed Bakkali, who is already in custody charged with helping to organise the November 2015 Paris attacks.