Brussels bombing: The latest…

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 23, 2016

Police in Brussels have reportedly recovered 15 kg of explosives, 150-litres of acetone, detonators, bags filled with nails and other bomb making paraphernalia at a flat in the suburb of Maelbeek, suspected of having played a part in the terror attacks on Tuesday that left a total of 35 people dead and over 200 injured.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Belgian Federal Prosecutor Frederic van Leeuw confirmed previous reports that brothers, Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui, were the main suspects behind the attack which also involved two other individuals, one being reported as having been the same bomb builder responsible for the attacks in Paris last year.

According to van Leeuw, Ibrahim, who was caught on CCTV walking inside the Zaventem Airport with the unnamed third attacker and alleged bomb builder Najim Laachraoui, blew himself up at a departure desk, while his younger brother was responsible for the blast at a Metro station in Maelbeek after it was previously reported that he caused the second explosion at the airport.

Van Leeuw said police also recovered a laptop in the same street as the equipment, which reportedly contained Ibrahim’s last will. He added that the identity of third attacker, who activated a suicide belt inside the airport, remains unknown after he was previously thought to be Khalid.

Police have meanwhile rejected earlier reports that Laachraoui, who ran from the airport when his belt failed to detonate, had been taken into custody after it was reported that he was apprehended in the district of Anderlecht, next to the suburb of Molenbeek, where alleged Paris bombing mastermind Salah Abdeslam was captured on Friday afternoon.

 

CAPTION: CCTV footrage of Ibrahim El Bakraoui (centre) and Najim Laachraoui (right) before the blast at Brussels' Zaventem Airport on Tuesday that left 14 people dead. The identity of the second suspect (left), who blew himself up along with  El Bakraoui, is still unknown IMAGE sourced from telegraph.co.uk