Najim Laachraoui, one of the Brussels airport bombers, had guarded 4 French journalists who’re held hostage Islamic State (IS) in Syria in 2013 to 2014, say the ex-hostages.
At the time, Najim Laachraoui was called “Abou Idriss”, said the lawyer for 2 ex-hostages to French media.
The hostages were freed in April 2014.
Ibrahim el-Bakraoui & Laachraoui had died a month ago when they attacked the Brussels airport. Their bombs & a 3rd in metro murdered 32 people.
The validation about Najim Laachraoui’s role as an Islamic State’s prison guard in Syria came from a lawyer named Marie-Laure Ingouf.
The 24 year old Laachraoui was a Belgian electrical engineer from Brussels suburb of Schaerbeek. He also had connections to jihadists who had attacked Paris last year.
The French daily reported that Laachraoui had kept his watch over 4 Frenchmen with Mehdi Nemmouche, the jihadist who was accused of killing 4 people at Brussels Jewish Museum in May 2014. Nemmouche is now in the Belgian custody.
The Frenchmen – Pierre Torres, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin, & Edouard Elias had spent around 10 months in the IS captivity. They were captured in June 2013.
According to the ex-hostages Nemmouche & Laachraoui had disappeared at end of January 2014.