‘Two Brothers’ Behind Belgium Bombings


In a recent development, it has been discovered that two brothers, Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui, have been identified as the suicide bombers who carried out a deadly bombings at Brussels airport on Tuesday. The two brothers reportedly blew themselves up amid the crowd at the Brussels airport and at Maelbeek train station. Although it has not been completely ascertained, investigations are still ongoing on the incident.

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Furthermore, terrorist group Islamic State In Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

According to Belgian media reports, one of the brothers, Khalid el-Bakraoui, 27, was wanted on suspicion of terror offences, and Brahim, 30, had been sentenced in October 2010 for firing at police. Khalid had used a false name to rent the flat in the Forest area of the Belgian capital where police killed a gunman in a shoot out last week.

During the police raid, they found a fingerprint of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the Paris terror attacks of 13 November. Sala Abdeslam was then arrested last Friday and has been charged for terrorist murder.

An alert was subsequently put out for the two brothers following the discoveries made during the police raid.

Recent developments also reveal that there has been CCTV image handed out by police of three men suspected to be the bombers pushing their trolleys at the airport. Police are still hunting a third suspected accomplice pictured in the image.

The bombings that rocked Brussels on Tuesday, two at the Brussels Zaventem airport and one at the Maelbeek Train station, left about 35 dead and 260 wounded. Security forces have been at alert as tons of investigations have followed the incident.

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said the fateful Tuesday was “a day of tragedy, a black day”. Today, a minute’s silence for the victims of the blasts will be held at midday in Belgium.