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Brussels airport bombers identified, police searching for third suspect

By Charl Bosch - Mar 23, 2016
Brussels airport bombers identified, police searching for third suspect

Belgian media has confirmed the identities of the two suicide bombers who blew themselves up in a packed airport terminal on Tuesday morning, as brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui.

According to reports, the brothers, who were known to police for organised crime rather than terrorism, were captured on CCTV footage strolling through the terminal with a third suspect, moments before the bombs in their suitcases denoted at a departure desk of the Zaventem Airport in Brussels.

An hour later, a third blast at a Metro station in the suburb Maelbeek resulted in the deaths of 20 people, with authorities estimating the total death toll to stand at 35 with over 200 injured.

It has meanwhile been reported that the third suspect had been identified as Belgium national Najim Laachraoui, who police suspected ran-off when his bomb, which was later found in the terminal, failed to explode.

An investigation of a house in the suburb Schaerbeek after the attacks tuned up chemical products and an Islamic State flag, with Laachraoui also being suspected as the main bomb builder behind the Paris terror attacks in November last year, after his DNA was reportedly found on belts used in bombings of the Bataclan Theatre and outside the State de France.

The bombings came four days after the alleged mastermind behind the Paris bombings, Salah Abdeslam, was taken into custody by police following a dramatic arrest in the suburb of Molenbeek on Friday afternoon.


IMAGE sourced from gpbnews.org