Monday 5 December 2016

Who is the fourth bomber? Mystery surrounds the identity of Brussels Airport jihadist

Published 23/03/2016 | 13:54

Police are trying to ascertain the identity of the second suicide bomber at Brussels Airport
Police are trying to ascertain the identity of the second suicide bomber at Brussels Airport
This CCTV image from the Brussels Airport surveillance cameras made available by Belgian Police, shows what officials believe may be suspects in the Brussels airport attack on March 22, 2016

Police in Brussels are desperately trying to ascertain the identity of a fourth bomber who was involved in the terror attacks yesterday.

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Two brothers carried out suicide bombings at Brussels airport and on the Metro, the federal prosecutor said, adding that airport bomber Brahim El Bakraoui had left a will on a computer.

His brother Khalid blew himself up on a carriage of the Brussels metro at Maelbeek station, Frederic Van Leeuw told a news conference. Two other men captured on CCTV at the airport with Ibrahim had yet to be identified, he said.

At a press conference today, Belgian authorities revealed that they have yet to identify suicide bomber at Brussels Airport.

It was originally thought that Khalid had also blown himself up at the airport. However, it was revealed today that he was  actually the bomber at the Metro station.

The man in white on the right hand side of the photograph is believed to be Najim Laachraoui and is on the run.

 

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Mystery surrounds the identity of the man on the left; Brahim El Bakraoui is pictured in the centre and Najim Laachraoui is on the right

That means the suspect on the left-hand side of the still taken from airport CCTV moments before the blasts is an as-yet unidentified militant. Two of the men are wearing gloves in the photograph.

Belgian newspaper La Libre said that its sources said the gloves may have been worn to hide detonator devices.

Belgian authorities  are desperate to seek the whereabouts of Mohamed Abrini (31) who is on EU police agency Europol's "Most Wanted" list after being caught on CCTV with Paris Attacker Salah Abdeslam.

Abrini is on the run following police raids which led to the capture of Salah Abdeslam, the suspected Paris attack mastermind, in Brussels on Friday.

Abrini is said to be a childhood friend of Abdeslam and was seen with him shortly before the November 13 attacks which killed 130 people.

He was filmed at a petrol station on the road to Paris in a Renault Clio which was used to drive terrorists to the massacre.

Laachraoui’s DNA was found on explosive belts used in the Paris terror attacks, police confirmed this week.

His DNA was also found during investigations in the Belgian town of Auvelais and the Brussels district of Schaerbeek.

Detectives are also searching for a 22-year-old Belgium man of Turkish origin who had been under surveillance by anti-terrorist police.

Abrini's younger brother Souleymane, 20, died in 2014 in Syria.

He had been fighting in the same ISIS military unit as Abdelhamed Abaaoud, the Paris terrorist attack mastermind.

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