More than 30 people were killed and over 300 injured in consecutive terrorist attacks carried out in March on the Brussels airport and an underground station in the Belgian capital.
The suspects in the attacks are as follows:
- The bombers at the Brussels airport:
IBRAHIM EL BAKRAOUI: A 29-year-old Belgian national who died in the attack. He had a criminal history in Belgium and his parole was revoked in August 2015 after he failed to comply with its conditions. A month earlier, he had been deported from Turkey to the Netherlands after having been detained near the Syrian border. His brother Khalid also helped carry out the Brussels attacks.
NAJIM LAACHRAOUI: A 24-year-old Belgian national who died in the attack. He left for Syria in 2013, but was back in Europe by September 2015, when he was controlled in Hungary while riding in a car with Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam. Laachraoui is suspected of having carried out several logistical activities linked to last November's deadly terrorist attacks in the French capital.
MOHAMED ABRINI: Police believe the 31-year-old Belgian national was the so-called "man with the hat," a third suspect who brought an explosive device to the airport, abandoned it there and left. Abrini confessed to being that man after being arrested in Brussels in April over his suspected involvement in the Paris attacks. Abrini can be transferred to France for trial, Belgian judges decided this week.
- The suicide bomber at the Maelbeek underground station:
KHALID EL BAKRAOUI: A 29-year-old Belgian national who died in the attack. He had a criminal history in Belgium and his parole was revoked in February 2016 after he had disappeared. Belgium had issued an international arrest warrant for him in December 2015, amid suspicions that he rented a hideout for the Paris attackers. His brother Ibrahim also helped carry out the Brussels attacks.
- Other accomplices:
OSSAMA K: Prosecutors say the 23-year-old was present during the Maelbeek bombing and had previously been filmed during the purchase of bags used in the airport attacks. He was arrested in Belgium in April. Belgian media identified him as Osama Krayem, a Swedish national, but this has not been officially confirmed.
HERVE B M and BILAL E M: The 31-year-old and 27-year-old suspects were arrested in Brussels in April. Both are suspected of offering assistance to Abrini and Osama K. Belgian media have identified Bilal E M as Bilal El Makhoukhi, a suspect condemned last year in a mass trial against members of the terrorist group Sharia4Belgium. He was reportedly sentenced to five years in prison, but was released early.
SMAIL F and IBRAHIM F: The 31-year-old and 27-year-old Belgian nationals, identified as brothers by local media, were arrested in April and charged with terrorism-related activities, although their exact role in the attacks has not been stated. There are indications that they are linked to the rental of the Brussels hideout from which Khalid El Bakraoui set off on March 22.
ALI E H A: The 31-year-old Belgian national was arrested on Friday in the Brussels neighbourhood of Schaerbeek, but his alleged role in the attacks has not been specified. Belgian media reported that he too has been linked to the hideout from which Khalid El Bakraoui set off.
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 01:02
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