Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Brussels Bomb Suspect Captured

Brussels Airport explosions

Brussels Airport bomb suspect Najim Laachraoui has been captured, according to a Belgian newspaper report.

The 25-year-old was arrested in the city's Anderlecht district, the DH newspaper said on its website.

He had been named in Belgian media reports as the third man filmed on CCTV at the airport, alongside two other bombers - brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui, both of whom killed themselves in the attacks.

At least 14 other people were also killed when the twin blasts ripped through the airport's departure hall but Laachraoui was reported to have fled the scene after his bomb failed to detonate.

Najim Laachraoui
A police photo of Najim Laachraoui

The circumstances of his arrest were not revealed but the federal prosecutor is reported to be preparing a press briefing for later this morning.

Laachraoui, previously known as Soufiane Kayal, is also suspected of making the bombs used in November's Paris massacres, after his DNA was allegedly found on suicide belts used in the Bataclan Theatre and the Stade de France.

Prosecutors had said on Monday - the day before the Brussels attacks - that he had travelled to Hungary in September with Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect in the Paris attacks, who was captured by police last week.

Laachraoui is also believed to have travelled to Syria in February 2013.

Update: This man is still being hunted after earlier reports have been discredited. 

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