It is not clear roll the three people detained on Wednesday and Thursday are suspected of having played in the kidnapping and hostage-taking. The Limburg Judicial Authorities will not give any further information about the case to the press. However, a reliable source has told VRT News that the sister of the chief suspect, the convicted Islamism terrorist Khalid Bouloudo, is among those detained. On Thursday detectives searched Khalid Bouloudo’s parent’s home in the Limburg municipality of Maaseik.
It is possible that the kidnapped boy was held there during the six weeks that he was kept in captivity. Khalid Bouloudo’s parents haven’t been at their houses for a couple of months. They left for Morocco a few weeks before the start of Ramadan and have been unable to return to Belgium due to the travel restrictions the Moroccan authorities have put in place in order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Six of the seven people detained on Monday are currently in custody. The seventh suspect was released on conditional bail on Tuesday.