Two brothers behind Brussels airport suicide bombings

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Brussels: Belgian officials have claimed that two suicide bombers who attacked the international airport in Brussels were brothers named as Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui. However the third accomplice’s suicide belt did not explode.

The police officials also have a previous record of the two brothers.

Twin explosions at the airport and another at a metro station on Tuesday left about 34 dead and 250 wounded, BBC reported.

A search operation in connection with Tuesday morning blasts is underway by the Belgian Forces where an Islamic State (IS) flag and a bomb were found at a house in a Brussels district.

Belgium is observing three days of national mourning. A minute’s silence for the victims will be held at midday.

According to a Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure Khalid el-Bakraoui was being sought for terrorist activities while Ibrahim was reportedly on the run for other criminal activity.

One Belgian media outlet says the third man, pictured with the brothers and still being sought, is Najim Laachraoui. He was named earlier in the week by police as a wanted accomplice of Abdeslam.

It was during that raid that police found a fingerprint of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the Paris terror attacks of 13 November 2015.

He was arrested in a raid in Brussels last Friday and is due to appear before a pre-trial court on Wednesday.

 

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