People react as they stand at a memorial site at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels on Saturday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Mar 26, 2016 3:40 PM

UPDATE: 24 of 31 Brussels victims identified, 3 men arrested in attacks

The Associated Press

BRUSSELS - Brussels prosecutor Ine Van Wymersch said that 24 of the 31 victims in the Brussels attacks have now been identified.

He says 11 of them were foreigners. One was former Belgian ambassador to the United States, Andre Adam.

Of the 270 wounded, 93 are being treated at a Brussels military hospital. A doctor there says Saturday that 15 people are in a serious burns unit, five of them in intensive care.

Dr. Serge Jennes says he had treated similar injuries during his service in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, but that he and his colleagues have been shocked to see such injuries on women and children.

"I've never seen this before in my 20 years at the center for burns," Jennes said. "Injuries linked to the blow-back from the blast, which can mutilate."

He said almost all the wounded had burst eardrums.

Belgian prosecutors said three men have been charged with terrorist offenses linked to Tuesday's attacks.

Federal prosecutors said Saturday they have charged a man identified as Faycal C. for "involvement in a terrorist group, terrorist murder and attempted terrorist murder." They say he was arrested on Thursday, but a police raid on his home turned up no weapons or explosives.

Belgian media are reporting that a man named Faycal Cheffou has been identified as the suspected fugitive in a light-colored jacket who fled Brussels Airport after two alleged accomplices blew themselves up there Tuesday. Prosecutors refused to comment on those reports.

Prosecutors say two other suspects arrested Thursday and identified as Rabah N. and Aboubakar A. have been charged with "involvement in the activities of a terrorist group."

A fourth man, taken into custody Friday, after he was shot by police at a Brussels tram stop, is being held for at least 24 hours longer.

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