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Prime Suspect of Brussels Attack Identified as 2nd Suicide Bomber

The Brussels airport attacker still at large has been identified as 25 year old Najim Laachraoui.

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Firefighters and first responders stand next to blown out windows at Zaventem Airport in Brussels. (Photo: AP)
Snapshot
  • Third Brussels suspect, identified as 24-year-old Najim Laachraoui. Manhunt on for Lacchraoui.
  • Lacchraoui has been identified as the second suicide bomber by a Belgian newspaper.
  • Laachraoui’s DNA has been found in the houses used by the Paris attackers last year.
  • Two suicide bombers have been identified as brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui.
  • US secretary of state John Kerry to travel to Belgium on Friday: State department spokesman.
  • The two are suspected to have been known to the Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, arrested a week before Brussels attack.
  • Jet Airways arranges for the family of injured crew members to be flown to Belgium.
  • Zaventem Airport in Brussels will remain closed on Friday.
11:05 PM , 23 Mar

Prime Suspect Maybe Dead

Second Brussels airport suicide bomber identified as Najim Laachraoui - De Standaard newspaper cites source.

Undated combination of photos of suspect Najim Laachraoui provided by the Belgian Federal Police in Brussels. (Photo: AP)
Undated combination of photos of suspect Najim Laachraoui provided by the Belgian Federal Police in Brussels. (Photo: AP)

A manhunt was launched by the authorities to find him, under suspicion of being responsible for the blast on Zaventem airport.

Prosecutors earlier on Wednesday named one of the bombers and said a second bomber, pictured in a group of three men at the airport, was still unidentified. The third man is being sought.

Image provided by the Belgian Federal Police in Brussels of three men suspected in the case of blasts on Belgium’s Zaventem Airport and a metro station. The one in the centre is identified as  Ibrahim El Kakraoi by the Federal Prosecutors office. (Photo: AP)
Image provided by the Belgian Federal Police in Brussels of three men suspected in the case of blasts on Belgium’s Zaventem Airport and a metro station. The one in the centre is identified as Ibrahim El Kakraoi by the Federal Prosecutors office. (Photo: AP)
10:36 PM , 23 Mar

Kerry to Visit Brussels

US secretary of state Kerry to travel to Belgium on Friday to meet Belgian and European Union officials, State department spokesman has said.

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10:36 PM , 23 Mar

One of Brussels Attackers Deported From Turkey in 2015: Erdogan

Turkish presidency of Tayyip Erdogan has identified the militant detained by Turkey in June 2015 as Ibrahim El Kakraoi – one of the two brothers also linked to the Paris attacks.

He was let go as the Turkish authorities did not find any terror links. Turkey subsequently warned Belgium that he was a militant who was deported at his own request.

Khalid and his brother Ibrahim, who blew himself up at Brussels Airport, were already known to Belgian authorities for violent crime.

Khalid, 27, was sentenced in 2011 to five years in prison for carjacking. Ibrahim, 30, was jailed in 2010 for shooting a Kalashnikov assault rifle at police after a robbery. Released in 2014, he has been sought since mid-2015 for breaching parole conditions.

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10:02 PM , 23 Mar

Obama Extends Support

US President Barack Obama has extended all support to Belgium while speaking in Argentina on Wednesday, 23 March.

Obama’s statement has come as the US house intelligence chairman said that the Belgium attacks seemed to target Americans, airport bombing near US airline counters.

From what I’ve been told, it was closer to American carriers. It looks like it was targeted toward Americans to some degree. 
Representative Devin Nunes, House Intelligence Committee Chairman
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Published: 23 Mar 2016, 1:54 PM IST
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