Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Belgium arrests Brussels airport attack suspect

Belgium was able to identify, capture and arrest the third suspect of the Brussels airport attack on Wednesday after identifying the other two suicide bombers, reported Al Arabiya News correspondent in Brussels.

Najim Laachraoui, who could be seen in a white coat and black hat shortly before the attack in photos released, was identified as the third suspect who was able to escape following Tuesday's carnage.

Authorities also identified Belgian brothers Ibrahim and Khalid El-Bakraoui as the suicide bombers.

The brothers were reportedly known to police prior to the Tuesday attacks at the airport that killed at least 14 died and injured 90 others in bombs that exploded in the departures hall of Zaventem airport.

Khalid, under a false name, had rented the flat in the Forest borough of the Belgian capital where police killed a gunman in a raid last week, RTBF said.

Investigators found after that raid an Islamic State flag, an assault rifle, detonators and a fingerprint of Paris attacks prime suspect Salah Abdeslam, who was arrested three days later.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks on the airport and metro station in Brussels late on Tuesday.

Belgium began three days of national mourning on Wednesday following what its Prime Minister Charles Michel said was "the deadliest attacks we have ever seen."

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