Belgian authorities believe at least three men, including two brothers, may be behind the coordinated terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday that left at least 34 people dead and more than 200 wounded.
Several people who may be linked to the deadly bombings that rocked an airport and a subway station in the Belgian city were still on the loose Wednesday, including one man who was pictured in the airport’s security footage, according to the Associated Press. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the blasts.
Who are they?
Two of the suspects were identified as brothers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui, who both blew themselves up in the suicide bombings, Federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said at a news conference Wednesday.
Ibrahim El Bakraoui, 29, carried out a suicide attack at Zaventem airport, where two of the explosions occurred, while his 27-year-old brother blew himself up at the Maelbeek subway station, the AP reports. The Brussels-born Ibrahim El Bakraoui, seen in the middle of an airport security screenshot of three suspects, was identified based on a fingerprint, authorities said.
The two other men pictured have not yet been identified. Authorities, who have asked for help identifying him on social media, are still actively seeking the suspect pictured on the far right. He is believed to have committed the attack at the international airport and was last seen wearing a light-colored jacket, dark pants, a dark hat and glasses as he was pushing a luggage cart, according to police. Authorities said he fled the airport after leaving behind a large bag, which had the heaviest load of explosives and later blew up, the AP reports
Police are also seeking Najim Laachraoui, whom authorities believe may be a suspected accomplice of Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving alleged perpetrator of the November attacks in Paris. Abdeslam was captured in Brussels on Friday. Laachraoui is believed to have made the suicide vests used in the Paris attacks, and his DNA was found on all of the vests, an anonymous French police official told the news service.
What did they do?
The suspects are thought to have been involved in three planned explosions in Belgium’s capital on Tuesday morning — the first two at the city’s airport and the third at a subway station near the European Union’s headquarters. ISIS said its members opened fire in the airport and said “several” detonated suicide belts.
Authorities also say they found chemical products, an ISIS flag and a new explosive device containing nails during a house raid in Belgium. Earlier in the day, a third explosive at the airport was deactivated. The raid also recovered a will Ibrahim El Bakraoui left on a computer, saying he felt increasingly unsafe and feared landing in prison, according to the AP. It was found in a trash can in a Brussels neighborhood, investigators said.
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