Tuesday 17 October 2017

Police hunt for third suspect in aftermath of Brussels attacks

* One of the two bombs at the Brussels airport contained nails
* Kalashnikov rifle found next to dead attacker
* 15 killed in explosion at Metro Station, Brussels
* At least 34 dead in total
* Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Brussels attacks
* Third bomb deactivated at Brussels airport

CCTV image issued by Belgian Federal Police of a man they want to trace in connection with the explosions at Brussels airport. Photo: Belgian Federal Police/PA Wire
CCTV image issued by Belgian Federal Police of a man they want to trace in connection with the explosions at Brussels airport. Photo: Belgian Federal Police/PA Wire
CCTV image issued by Belgian Federal Police of three men they believe are connected with the explosions at Brussels airport. Photo: Belgian Federal Police/PA Wire

Police raids are happening around Belgium after two men "probably" staged suicide bombings at Brussels airport and a third fled, a Belgian prosecutor said.

Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said that the third suspect is actively being sought by police.

At least 31 people were killed and nearly 190 wounded in the two airport bombings and another in the Brussels subway system.

Belgian Prosecutor Eric van der Sypt said two bombers died at Brussels airport and a third is being "actively" sought.

Belgian police have released CCTV footage of three men suspected of carrying out the attack on the airport.

The photo shows three unidentified men pushing trollies with suitcases in Zaventem airport's terminal building, two of whom are wearing a black glove on their left hand.

Belgian police have released the image as part of their investigation, according to the Belgian news agency Belga and local newspaper La Libre.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said the country will tighten security at its borders. He declared three days of national mourning after what he says were probably the most tragic attacks the country has seen in peacetime.

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