بلجيكا تتعقب شخصين على علاقة بالاعتداءات وكشف ثلاثة انتحاريين من منفذي الإعتداءات وتبحث عن رابع فار

رئيس التحرير
2019.10.13 00:05


شرطة بروكسل تبحث عن رابع فار ووزراء الداخلية والعدل لدول الاتحاد الاوروبي في اجتماع لمناقشة الرد على هذه الهجمات  بروكسل- (أ ف ب) – كشفت السلطات ثلاثة من منفذي اعتداءات بروكسل وتبحث عن شخص رابع فار، بينما يعقد وزراء الداخلية والعدل لدول الاتحاد الاوروبي اجتماعا الخميس في بروكسل لمناقشة الرد على هذه الهجمات . وفي مبادرات تعاطف رمزية بعد هذه الاعتداءات التي قتل فيها 31 شخصا وجرح 300 آخرون حسب حصيلة جديدة ما زالت موقتة، تحولت ساحة البورصة الى شبه نصب تغطيه الرسائل والاعلام والشموع والورود. وليل الاربعاء، شارك مئات الاشخاص في مسيرة الى المطار وهم يحملون شموعا تكريما لذكرى ضحايا الهجمات التي ضربت مطار بروكسل ومحطة لقطار الانفاق في الحي الاوروبي واعلن تنظيم الدولة الاسلامية مسؤوليته عنها. وقبل ذلك كان آلاف من سكان بروكسل وقفوا دقيقة صمت ظهر الاربعاء. وشارك ملك بلجيكا فيليب وزوجته الملكة ماتيلد في دقيقة الصمت هذه مع رئيس الوزراء شارل ميشال في الحي الاوروبية، وسط تصفيق الحضور. – تطور اساسي في التحقيق – وسجل تطور اساسي في التحقيق مع التعرف على انتحاريين الاربعاء هما ابراهيم وخالد البكراوي، كما اعلن النائب الفدرالي البلجيكي. وقال فريديريك فان لوي انهما فجرا نفسيهما بفارق ساعة واحدة الاول في المطار والثاني في محطة المترو في مايلبيك. اما الانتحاري الثالث الذي فجر نفسه في المطار ايضا فهو نجم العشراوي كما قالت مصادر امنية لوكالة فرانس برس، مؤكدة معلومات نشرتها الصحيفة الفلمنكية ستاندارد. وكان العشراوي مطاردا منذ ان عثر على آثار لحمض نووي عائد له في عدد من الشقق التي استأجرتها المجموعات التي نفذت اعتداءات باريس في 13 تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر. وقتل في هذه الاعتداءات 130 شخصا وجرح 350 آخرون. كما عثر على اثار مماثلة على مواد متفجرة استخدمت في هذه الهجمات التي تبناها التنظيم الجهادي ايضا. ويجري البحث عن رجل رابع يظهر مع ابراهيم الكراوي والعشراوي في تسجيل فيديو مراقبة وهم يدفعون عربتي حقائب امامهما. وحتى الآن لم يكشف المحققون هويته. وقال النائب العام الفدرالي ان “حقيبته كانت تحوي الشحنة الكبرى”. واضاف ان هذه الشحنة انفجرت متأخرة عن الموعد المحدد لها “بعد وصول خبراء المتفجرات”، مما سمح بالتأكيد بمنع وقوع عدد اكبر من الضحايا. ودعت الرئاسة الهولندية للاتحاد الاوروبي الى اجتماع استثنائي لوزير الداخلية والعدل في الاتحاد بشأن الاعتداءات وتبعاتها. كما سيشارك ممثلون عن مؤسسات الاتحاد الاوروبي في هذا اللقاء ايضا. ويفترض ان يسمح الاجتماع الذي سيعبر فيه شركاء بلجيكا عن تضامنهم مع بروكسل، باستعراض جهود مكافحة الارهاب وتطبيق القانون الاوروبي في المجالات المرتبطة بالارهاب. ويأتي هذا الاجتماع بينما يجري جدل حول مسؤولية اجهزة الامن في هذه الاعتداءات التي وقعت على الرغم من ضغوط امنية قوية تمارس على الشبكات الجهادية منذ اعتداءات باريس. ووضع رئيس الوزراء الفرنسي مانويل فالس اكليلا من الورود في محطة مايلبيك وسعى الى تأكيد فاعلية التحقيق البلجيكي. وقال “لم اشعر باي شذاجة لدى اصدقائنا البلجيكيين”. لكن المشرحة الديموقراطية للسباق الى الرئاسة الاميركية هيلاري كلينتون انقتدت بشدة دول الاتحاد الاوروبي وخصوصا سوء التنظيم والتأخر في الرد على تهديدات الجهاديين. – جدل – وصرح الرئيس التركي رجب طيب اردوغان في مؤتمر صحافي في انقرة ان “احد الذين شاركوا في هجوم بروكسل اعتقل في حزيران/يونيو 2015 في غازي عنتاب. وتم ابعاده في 14 تموز/يوليو 2015 بعد معلومات من السفارة البلجيكية (…) ابلغنا البلجيكيون انه تم الافراج عنه”. وقال مسؤول تركي كبير لوكالة فرانس برس طالبا عدم كشف هويته ان اردوغان يتحدث عن ابراهيم البكراوي الذي اكدت السلطات البلجيكية انه احد الانتحاريين الاثنين اللذين نفذا التفجيرين في مطار بروكسل. واضاف اردوغان “رغم اننا ابلغناهم ان هذا الشخص مقاتل ارهابي اجنبي، لم تتمكن السلطات البلجيكية من اثبات صلاته بالارهاب”، موضحا ان هولندا كانت ايضا معنية بهذه العملية لان هذا الشخص طلب اولا ابعاده الى هذا البلد. لكن وزير العدل البلجيكي كون غينز نفي رواية اردوغان. ورد وزير العدل البلجيكي بالقول “لم تجر بالتأكيد عملية ابعاد الى بلجيكا”. واضاف في تصريحات لمحطة التلفزيون البلجيكية الناطقة بالهولندية في ار تي “انها على الارجح عملية طرد قامت بها تركيا على الحدود السورية”. واضاف “حينذاك، لم يكن معروفا لدينا بسبب الارهاب. كان مجرما للحق العام يخضع للحرية المشروطة (…) وعندما طرد كان هذا الى هولندا وليس الى بلجيكا، حسب المعلومات التي نقلتها لي النيابة الفدرالية”. واخيرا، صرح رئيس لجنة الاستخبارات في مجلس النواب الاميركي ديفين نونس انه مقتنع بان اعتداءات بروكسل كانت تستهدف ايضا الاميركيين خصوصا لان انفجارات المطار وقعت قرب مكاتب خطوط طيران اميركية. وللولايات المتحدة ثلاث ممثليات دبلوماسية في بروكسل، الاولى لبلجيكا والثانية للاتحاد الاوروبي والثالثة للحلف الاطلسي. وفي الاجمال اصيب عشرة اميركيين على الاقل في اعتداءات بروكسل، بحسب السلطات الاميركية. لكن واشنطن لا تملك الاربعاء معلومات بشان العديد من المواطنين الاميركيين وخصوصا موظفي ممثلياتها الثلاث في العاصمة البلجيكية.

 

 


بلجيكا تتعقب شخصين على علاقة بالاعتداءات وعبد السلام مستعد لتسليمه الى فرنسا.. ومحكمة بلجيكية ترفض

 

بروكسل ـ (أ ف ب) – تواصل بلجيكا الخميس تعقب شخصين في اطار التحقيق في اعتداءات بروكسل بعد الكشف عن علاقة ثلاثة من منفذيها تم التعرف الى هوياتهم حتى الان، باعتداءات تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر في باريس، ما يعكس الثغرات الامنية في بلجيكا وفي مكافحة الارهاب في اوروبا بشكل عام. واشار التحقيق الى ان الانتحاريين الثلاثة الذين حددت هوياتهم في مواقع الهجمات في مطار بروكسل الدولي ومحطة مالبيك للمترو وفروا على الاقل دعما لوجستيا في تدبير هجمات تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر في باريس (130 قتيلا) ومساعدة الناجي الوحيد من الفرق التي نفذتها صلاح عبد السلام، على الفرار قبل القبض عليه الجمعة في بلدته مولنبيك في بروكسل بعد تواريه طوال اربعة اشهر. الخميس اعلن محامي الفرنسي البالغ 26 عاما الموقوف في بروج مذاك سفين ماري ان موكله “ابلغه برغبته في الذهاب الى فرنسا في اسرع وقت ممكن”، مضيفا ان عبد السلام “لم يكن على علم” باعتداءات الثلاثا،  الا ان محكمة بلجيكية قررت، اليوم الخميس، عدم تسليمه، إلى فرنسا، وذلك من خلال جلسة استماع عقدتها في العاصمة البلجيكية بروكسل، بعد أسبوع من إلقاء القبض عليه، بحسب ما ذكرت إذاعة وتلفزيون “RTBF” البلجيكية، نقلًا عن محاميه. وقال المحامي سفين ماري ان “صلاح عبد السلام عبر لي عن رغبته في الذهاب الى فرنسا في اسرع وقت ممكن”. واضاف “سارى قاضية التحقيق حتى لا تعترض بعد الآن على رحيله”. واضاف انه “ادرك ان جزءا صغيرا من الملف يعالج هنا ويريد ان يوضح موقفه في فرنسا وهذا امر جيد”. ويشير هذا الاعلان الى تبدل في الدفاع عن الناجي الوحيد من المجموعات التي نفذت اعتداءات باريس التي ادت الى مقتل 130 شخصا وجرح مئات آخرين في 13 تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر الماضي. وكان صلاح عبد السلام اكد في اول جلسة غداة توقيفه انه يرفض نقله الى باريس كما تطلب السلطات الفرنسية، في اطار مذكرة توقيف اوروبية. وقال المحامي ان جلسة امام غرفة المجلس وهي هيئة بلجيكية للتحقيق حول تنفيذ مذكرة التوقيف، مقررة في 31 آذار/مارس. واضاف انه حصل على ارجاء الى السابع من نيسان/ابريل لجلسة التي كان يفترض ان تبت الخميس في ابقاء موكله موقوفا نظرا لحج الملف الكبير. وكان سفين ماري يرد على سؤال طرحه صحافي في ختام جلسة امام غرفة المجلس بالانكليزية حول ما اذا كان عبد السلام على علم بهذه الهجمات. ويبقى الحزن يلف العاصمة البلجيكية فيما يبدو التعرف الى هويات القتلى الـ31 بحسب حصيلة مؤقتة صعبا جدا، وتم التعرف الى اسماء اربعة منهم فحسب. وفي مبادرات تعاطف عارم تحولت ساحة البورصة الى شبه نصب تغطيه الرسائل والاعلام والشموع والورود. وفرد اشخاص لافتة كبرى ارضا تقول “ايك بين بروسيل، انا بروكسل”، الى جانب مئات الشموع والزهور وقصاصات داعم ونسخ صغيرة لتمثال مانوكان-بيس وزجاجات البيرة البلجيكية اضافة الى اعلام برازيلية وفرنسية وجزائرية الى جانب علم بلجيكا المرفوع في الساحة. على تقاطع دائري وضعت عشرات الشموع على شكل قلب، فيما وضعت لافتة كتب عليها “ما زلت احب عملي في المطار” وقع عليها المئات من الاشخاص حول شعار المطار. – ضيق بسبب الغموض – بسبب تعذر التعرف الى هويات اغلبية الضحايا حتى الان يعيش الكثير من الاقارب ظروفا صعبة جدا منذ ثلاثة ايام بسبب هذا الغموض. وارسلت الجثث من مطار زافنتيم الى مسستشفى سان لوك التابع لجامعة لوفان ومن مجطة ميلبيك الى مستشفى نيدر-اوفر-هيمبيك العسكري شمال بروكسل. وفتحت صفحة على فيسبوك بعنوان “مفقودو بروكسل” لتبادل المعلومات حول كل من اعتبر في عداد المفقودين بعد الاعتداءات. اسفرت الهجمات على المطار ومحطة المترو صباح الثلاثاء عن مقتل 31 شخصا واصابة 300 بحسب الحصيلة الاخيرة التي نشرتها وزارة الصحة الاربعاء. وما زال 150 جريحا يتلقون العلاج بينهم 61 في العناية الفائقة. وما زال اربعة من الجرحى في غيبوبة ولم تعرف هوياتهم على ما نقلت وكالة بلغا عن المتحدثة باسم الوزارة ماغي دي بلوك. ووقف المواطنون دقيقة صمت جديدة عند الساعة 14,30 (13,30 ت غ) في جميع انحاء البلاد عن ارواح الضحايا، في اليوم الثالث من الحداد الوطني. الى جانب موجة التضامن والحزن والدموع تكثفت التساؤلات والانتقادات اللاذعة احيانا في الايام الاخيرة ازاء عجز البلجيكيين والاوروبيين عامة عن حماية انفسهم. – مطلوبون بداعي الارهاب – كان الانتحاريون الثلاثة ابراهيم وخالد البكراوي ونجم العشراوي معروفون، لا بل مطلوبون لدى الاجهزة الامنية البلجيكية. فخالد البكراوي البالغ (27 عاما) الذي فجر نفسه في محطة مترو مالبيك كان مطلوبا بداعي “الارهاب” لدى الشرطة الدولية انتربول بحسب وثيقة اطلعت وكالة فرانس برس عليها. اما شقيقه ابراهيم (29 عاما) الذي فجر نفسه في المطار فقد صنفته انقرة “ارهابيا” وطردته، على ما صرح الرئيس التركي رجب طيب اردوغان الاربعاء مؤكدا ان “احد الذين شاركوا في هجوم بروكسل اعتقل في حزيران/يونيو 2015 في غازي عنتاب. وتم ابعاده في 14 تموز/يوليو 2015 بعد معلومات من السفارة البلجيكية (…) ابلغنا البلجيكيون انه تم الافراج عنه”. لكن وزير العدل البلجيكي كون غينز نفي رواية اردوغان. ورد وزير العدل البلجيكي بالقول “لم تجر بالتأكيد عملية ابعاد الى بلجيكا”. واضاف “حينذاك، لم يكن معروفا لدينا بسبب الارهاب. كان مجرما للحق العام يخضع للحرية المشروطة (…) وعندما طرد كان هذا الى هولندا وليس الى بلجيكا، حسب المعلومات التي نقلتها لي النيابة الفدرالية”، في تصريحات لتلفزيون في ار تي البلجيكي الناطق بالهولندية. الثلاثاء عثرت الشرطة البلجيكية على “وصية” كتبها ابراهيم البكراوي على كمبيوتر محمول وجد في مستوعب قمامة في منطقة شيربيك في بروكسل حيث ركب المهاجمون عبواتهم وانطلقوا في سيارة اجرة نحو المطار حاملين اكياسا سوداء مليئة بالمتفجرات. وكتب البكراوي في الرسالة انه “على عجل ولا يدري ما العمل” لانه “مطلوب من جميع الجهات”. اما الانتحاري الثالث الذي فجر نفسه في المطار نجم العشراوي، فكان مطاردا منذ ان عثر على آثار لحمض نووي عائد له في عدد من الشقق التي استأجرتها المجموعات التي نفذت اعتداءات باريس في 13 تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر، وعلى مواد متفجرة استخدمت في هذه الهجمات التي تبناها التنظيم الجهادي ايضا. ويجري البحث عن رجل رابع يظهر مع ابراهيم البكراوي والعشراوي في تسجيل فيديو مراقبة وهم يدفعون عربتي حقائب امامهما. وحتى الآن لم يكشف المحققون هويته. كما يجري البحث عن مشتبه به اضافي على علاقة بالهجوم في المترو على ما اعلنت مصادر في الشرطة الخميس. – انتقادات اميركية – من الثلاثاء بدا سياسيون فرنسيون ينتقدون اجهزة الامن البلجيكية، وتحدث وزير المالية الفرنسي ميشال سابان عن “نوع من السذاجة” البلجيكية في التعاطي مع التشدد الاسلامي والانغلاق الاجتماعي في بعض الاحياء. لكن المسألة تتجاوز بلجيكا، حيث تتعرض اوروبا بمجملها الى الانتقاد. وورد الرد الابرز الاربعاء من وزيرة الخارجية الاميركية السابقة والمرشحة الديموقراطية الى الرئاسة هيلاري كلينتون التي انتقدت بشدة دول الاتحاد الاوروبي على سوء التنظيم والتأخر في الرد على تهديدات الجهاديين. وقالت “اليوم ما زالت دول اوروبية كثيرة تفتقر الى تبادل المعلومات عند توقيف مشتبه جهادي على حدودها او عند سرقة جواز سفر”. واثر هذه الانتقادات قدم وزيرا الداخلية والعدل البلجيكيان الخميس استقالتيهما لكن رئيس الوزراء شارل ميشال رفضها فورا. ودعت الرئاسة الهولندية للاتحاد الاوروبي الى اجتماع طارىء الخميس في الساعة 16,00 (15,00 ت غ) في بروكسل لوزراء الداخلية والعدل في الدول الاعضاء الاعتداءات وتبعاتها، بمشاركة ممثلين عن مؤسسات الاتحاد

 

 

Revealed: The bearded, pot-bellied jihadi guru dubbed Father Christmas who inspired Paris AND Brussels bombers - as Belgian police hunt second Metro bomber Khalid El Bakraoui blow up bomb at Brussels metro station while his brother Ibrahim attacked the citys airport The brothers killed 34 people along with bombmaker Najim Laachraoui and an unidentified Man in White Another man was caught on camera next to Khalid with a large bag shortly before the metro explosion Four other men alleged to have been seen shadowing blasts from inside a car owned by a known extremist It emerged today that the men planned to target a nuclear power plant and kidnap the boss of the facility Terror cell in Brussels has been linked to recruiter Khalid Zerkani, who also had connections with Paris attackers

Guru: Khalid Zerkani, known as Father Christmas, has been linked to the terror cells which carried out the Paris and Brussels attacks

A pot-bellied jihadi guru who is known as Father Christmas was today exposed as one of the inspirations behind the terror network which planned the devastating attacks on both Paris and Brussels.

Khalid Zerkani - who is currently in jail after recruiting Islamist fighters and petty criminals - had links with bombmaker Najim Laachraoui, one of the suicide bombers who attacked Brussels airport this week.

He was previously said to have recruited Abdelhamid Abaaoud, mastermind of the Paris attacks, to the jihadist cause, funding terror by training youths to be pickpockets and shoplifters.

The revelations came as police continued to hunt six or more terror suspects believed to be on the run after their involvement in Tuesdays attacks on the airport and Brussels Metro, including the Man in White who apparently wheeled explosives into Brussels airport before fleeing the scene, and a man suspected of being the second Metro bomber.

Police are rushing to hunt down the new suspect, who was caught on camera with a large bag shortly before the blast, following reports that he did not get on the train where Khalid El Bakraoui detonated a bomb and killed 20 commuters. 

The jihadists who killed a total of 34 people in Tuesday mornings attacks were also hoping to target nuclear facilities and may have attempted to kidnap the boss of a nuclear power plant, it emerged today.

Four unidentified men were allegedly seen ‘shadowing’ the blasts from inside an Audi S4 car registered to a known extremist on a watch list, according to reports today. 

The Audi and a Renault Clio were seen close to the airport and both are feared to have come with the attackers who arrived in a taxi, according to The Sun.

Yesterday, the second suicide bomber who blew himself up at Brussels airport was identified as master bombmaker Najim Laachraoui. Laachraoui is believed to be the bomber on the left of the CCTV footage, having previously been thought to be the mystery man in white.

Like Ibrahim El Bakraoui, pictured in the middle, he wears a single black glove on his hand to hide the trigger to his deadly device. The third suspect, dressed in the white coat and dark hat, is still being hunted by police.

Ibrahims brother Khalid carried out a suicide attack at Maelbeek metro station. One of the theories is that the mystery man in white could possibly be Khalid, who Belgian authorities have confirmed was the metro bomber.

In this scenario, he would have dropped his explosive devices off at the airport before boarding a metro train to Maelbeek and detonating another device 79 minutes later.

Security: Heavily armed police were seen on the streets of Brussels in the wake of the attacks

Watchful: Police officers outside the Brussels council headquarters today as the authorities continue their investigation

Search: Armed police were pictured checking cars in central Brussels today as the city continued in a state of high alert

Grinning: Bomber Ibrahim El Bakraoui, left, is shown in a mugshot picture taken by Turkish police last summer; Najim Laachraoui, right, who killed himself during the attacks was known as a master bombmaker

It was reported today that Khalid was caught on camera alongside another man dragging a heavy bag shortly before the bomber detonated the metro explosions, raising the possibility that the second man could also have been a suicide bomber or could be on the run.

Police in France this week sent arrest warrants to other forces around Europe appealing for help in tracking down Laachraoui and other suspected terrorists from the cell which carried out last years Paris attacks.

 

One of those sought was Syrian-born Naim Al Hamed, 28, who is said to be armed and suspected of being involved in the Belgian attacks.

It also emerged today that Ibrahim was twice deported from Turkey last year, but was set free by European authorities even though they were told by their Turkish counterparts that he could present a terror threat. 

In the wake of the disaster, the worst terror attack ever to hit Belgium, the countrys interior and justice ministers both offered to resign today. Jan Jambon and Koen Geens handed their resignations to prime minister Charles Michel, but the premier asked to two men to continue in their posts.

The ministers offer to quit is believed to be linked to the apparent security failings which allowed the bombers to stay on the streets despite evidence linking them to violent extremism.

Chilling: This CCTV image shows the Brussels airport terminal less than a minute before the bomb went off

Transfer: A car believed to be carrying arrested terror suspect Salah Abdeslam from prison in Bruges to a court hearing in Brussels today

Security: Police driving Abdeslam away from the prison were wearing balaclavas to protect their identities

The Brussels terrorist gang were also preparing an attack on a nuclear power plant, according to newspaper Derniere Heure. The ISIS cell were spying on the Belgian’s nuclear power chief, possibly as part of a kidnap plan to force him to let them into an atomic facility. 

Hours of film of the home of the Research and Development Director of the Belgian Nuclear Programme were discovered in an apartment in Brussels raided by anti-terrorist police following the attack in Paris.

The footage confounded investigators at first – as it showed the entrance to the director’s home in Flanders, an area outside the capital.

But detectives made the chilling deduction that the group was attempting to gain entry to an atomic facility after watching all 12 hours of footage, which included images of a local bus.

Derniere Heure reported: ‘The investigation took a chilling turn when it emerged that the man being spied upon was none other than the Research and Development Director of the Belgian Nuclear Programme!’

Armed troops were sent to defend French and Belgian nuclear facilities following the discovery and both countries nuclear programmes were put on the highest state of alert.

Salah Abdeslam, the Paris terror suspect whose arrest last week is thought to have prompted the Brussels atrocities, appeared in front of judges in a city court today.

Following the hearing, his lawyer insisted that Abdeslam had no knowledge of the imminent attacks on Brussels despite the suggestion that they were carried out as revenge for his arrest.

The lawyer also said that the prisoner had refused to help Belgian police when they questioned him about the whereabouts of the missing suspects believed to have carried out this weeks bombings.

Abdeslam says that he does not object to being extradited to France to face trial over Novembers mass murder in Paris, and was remanded in custody until a new hearing in two weeks time.

EU security ministers are set to meet in the terror-hit city later today for a summit intended to demonstrate solidarity with Belgium and discuss new measures to defeat extremism.

A spokesman for the EU said that ministers - including Britains Home Secretary Theresa May - would show solidarity with Belgium, discuss the actual state of play in the fight against terrorism and pursue swift completion and implementation of legislation. 

Defence: Soldiers took to the streets in armed vehicles in a bid to help secure Brussels following the attacks

Procedure: Masked police directing traffic around the centre of the Belgian capital during the period of high security

Keeping watch: A police officer with a pistol and machine gun on the Brussels street today

As the hunt for the Brussels terrorists continued, it was confirmed that the search for Novembers Paris attackers is still ongoing with at least seven suspects at large four months after the atrocity.

More than 30 people have been identified as linked to the Paris attacks, French prime minister Manuel Valls told the Financial Times. Eleven are dead, 12 are under lock and key and the rest are being sought.

The Belgian authorities were warned one of the Brussels killers was a terrorist - but he was allowed to walk free, Turkish officials said yesterday.

Ibrahim El Bakraoui was caught in June at the Turkish-Syrian border and was deported to the Netherlands. The Turkish authorities said it warned Belgium and the Netherlands he was a foreign terrorist fighter, but Dutch officials allowed him to go free because the Belgian authorities could not link him to terrorism.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that despite our warnings that this person was a foreign terrorist fighter, Belgium could not establish any links with terrorism.

Today one Turkish official revealed that El Bakraoui returned to the country for a second time after being deported, and was once again returned to Belgium where he was allowed to walk free. 

At least 34 people were killed, including the attackers themselves, and 270 injured in the three suicide bomb attacks at an airport and metro station in Brussels on Tuesday morning, and the death toll could rise.

Ibrahim El Bakraoui, who is also known as Brahim, and Najim Laachraoui died in the coordinated blasts while Ibrahims brother Khalid detonated his explosive device on the metro an hour later.

In a sign of the continuing state of alert, Belgian officials evacuated a train station in Mons, some 40 miles south of Brussels, after a security scare this morning. Trains were prevented from stopping at the station, but some 30 minutes later, traffic was allowed to resume, Belgian rail operator SNCB said.

A massive international manhunt has been launched to find the man in white, pictured with two of the men at Zaventem Airport shortly before the blast. He is thought to have left a bomb carrying the biggest charge which failed to explode.

French media said he is also linked to the Paris terror attacks last November which saw 130 people killed and many more injured in strikes across the capital.

Reports said his DNA was found on explosive belts found at the Bataclan theatre and the Stade de France following the killings.

As security services continue to comb the country hunting for the mystery man in white, it emerged that Ibrahim El Bakraoui left a note in a bin. In the testament, found on a computer dumped in a bin in the Schaerbeek area in Brussels, he told how he was on the run and did not know what to do.

The second suicide bomber (left) who blew himself up at Brussels airport has been identified as master bombmaker Najim Laachraoui as police search for the mystery man in white. The bomber in the middle is believed to be Ibrahim al-Bakraoui

Brussels bombers: Brothers Khalid (left) and Ibrahim El Bakraoui (right) were able to evade security services despite being notorious gangland criminals who were well known to police, it emerged

 
 

Explosion: The image above is being used by the Belgian media who claim this is the damage caused by the bomb at the Maelbeek Metro station in central Brussels. It has not been verified by the authorities but is being widely circulated on social media

Panic: A fire caused by one of the explosions in the terminal is tackled by airport staff with extinguishers surrounded by baggage and falling roof tiles

Devastating: Workers continued to pick through the debris at Brussels airport yesterday as the windows of the terminal remained heavily shattered from the twin attacks on the Belgian capital which has rocked Europe. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the horrific bombings

Appalling scenes: An injured man lies bleeding on the floor of Zaventem airport in Brussels

Belgian prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw told a press conference: We have found a written testament by Brahim El Bakraoui in which he said: "I dont know what to do. Im in a hurry. Im on the run. People are looking for me everywhere. And if I give myself up then Ill end up in a cell."

The latest twist came after it was revealed the Belgian El Bakraoui brothers escaped police in a gunfight during an anti-terror raid just eight days ago. 

Laachraoui - now revealed as the second airport suicide bomber - was already one of the worlds most wanted men, having built the suicide vests used in the Paris attacks and went on the run with Salah Abdeslam, one of the other Paris massacre masterminds, before hiding in Brussels for four months.

He is suspected of rigging up the suicide vests that helped kill 34 in twin attacks on Tuesday and is believed to have done the same for the Paris attacks.

Yesterday it emerged there could have been another suitcase bomb set off in the airport but the ISIS fanatics couldnt fit all their explosive-packed bags into a taxi outside their safehouse. They refused to let the driver touch the bags - prompting him to later contact the police about their suspicious behaviour.

Investigators are now desperate to track down the Man in White - the third ISIS suspect pictured at the airport - as well as Mohamed Abrini, who was thought to be a close friend of the Man in White and Abdeslam, for his possible involvement in the mass slaughter in the Belgium capital on Tuesday.

Tuesdays twin terror attacks on the Belgian capital are believed to have been revenge for Saleh Abdeslams capture. Experts say the jihadists launched the Brussels attacks because the net was closing in on their terror cell.

BLOOD-SPATTERED BABY SCREAMS NEXT TO DEAD MOTHER: DISTURBING FOOTAGE INSIDE BRUSSELS AIRPORT

This harrowing footage shows the moment a crying baby girl was found sitting on the body of what appears to be her dead mother in the chaotic aftermath of the Brussels airport bombing.

As the terminal lies burning and covered in debris, the distressed child sits alone and wailing as the first rescuers make their way through the rubble.

Tragically, police told taxi driver Francisco Izquierdo, who recorded the footage, not to help the girl - as she would be easier to identify if she was next to her mother.

Mr Izquierdo was making his way through the wreckage in the hopes of finding his son who worked at the airports food hall.

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Shocking: A young girl was filmed sitting on the body of a woman believed to be her dead mother by taxi driver Francisco Izquierdo

The traumatised driver says he has been haunted by the young girls cries: Those images stayed with me in my mind, and I keep seeing the girl crying, crying, crying. She is just a girl, he told CNN.

The lengthy footage recorded by Mr Izquierdo offers a glimpse into the immediate aftermath of the airport bombing in which 10 people died.

Thousands of ceiling tiles lie scattered across the terminal floor, while early emergency responders can be seen dousing fires with extinguishers.

It shows him making his way through the terminal to the takeaway outlet where his son worked, only to find it deserted.

Eventually, he helps an elderly woman suffering from a cut to make her way outdoors, where the injured lie in pools of blood on the pavement.

United in grief: The people of Brussels stand together during a minute of silence around a makeshift memorial at Place de la Bourse at midday yesterday

Gripped by grief: A heartbroken mother is comforted by her two children as she pays her respects to the 34 terror attack victims in Brussels this afternoon

Sombre: A woman weeps after people observed a one minute silence at the Place De La Bourse in honour of the victims of the terror attacks

Anger: An overwhelmed mourner yells to the skies in Place De La Bourse as he and thousands of other met to show their defiance to the ISIS bombers who brought terror to their city

Most recently they had been on the run since March 15 following a shoot-out in a terrorist hideout in the Belgian capitals Forest suburb. They opened fire on police and fled.

The raid carried out last Tuesday on a flat in the suburb of Forest saw a sniper kill terror suspect Mohamed Belkaid while the El Bakraoui brothers managed to escape police.

There was initial speculation that the raid had aimed to capture Paris terrorist Abdeslam, but he escaped through a loft window, but this was later denied by a police spokesman.

Officers had been acting on a tip-off in connection to the Paris terror attacks, and carried out the raid in Forest, which is close to Molenbeek, where several jihadis behind the Paris attacks lived and is known as the cradle of terrorism in Europe.

Yet the group still managed to find another address to stay, where they stored the explosives and guns used in Tuesdays attacks.

Police also confirmed yesterday that those who carried it out have were part of a larger cell who carried out the Paris attacks four months ago.

Khalid El Bakraoui also rented the apartment where Paris terror attacker Salah Abdeslam was captured by anti-terror police last Friday, according to respected Belgium news organisation RTL.

Belgium started three days of mourning yesterday after the bombings claimed the lives of 34 and left more than 250 injured in 79 minutes of rush hour carnage. The dead and injured have 40 different nationalities, including two Britons.

Despite a Government warning to stay at home thousands have gathered in the centre of the city to light candles, leave flowers and write messages of hope on the ground in defiance of the terrorists who carried out the the worst terror attacks in Belgiums history.

Mother-of-two Adelma Tapia Ruiz, 36, was the first named victim of the Brussels terror attacks so far. The Peruvian national had lived in Belgium for nine years, was on her the way to visit relatives in New York with her twin daughters when she died in the double suicide bombing at Zaventem Airport.

Ms Tapias three-year-old twins Maureen and Alondra, and her Belgian husband Christopher Delcambe, survived the explosion on Tuesday morning.

Brussels-born law student Leopold Hecht, 20, was seriously wounded in the explosion in at Maelbeek Metro Station, and later succumbed to his injuries.

The third victim whose identity has been released was also killed in the metro bomb. Olivier Delespesse was reportedly on his way to work at a government organisation for Belgian French-speakers, when he died in the second bombing.

ictim: Adelma Tapia Ruiz, 36, died in the terrorist attack in Brussels on Tuesday, while her three-year-old twins Maureen and Alondra, and her Belgian husband Christopher Delcambe, survived

The girlfriend of a British father missing after the Brussels attacks is among desperate relatives searching the citys hospitals in the hope of finding their loved on

Brussels-born law student Leopold Hecht, 20, left, was seriously wounded in the explosion in at Maelbeek Metro Station, and later succumbed to his injuries. Belgian Olivier Delespesse, right, was reportedly on his way to work at a government organisation for Belgian French-speakers, when he died in the blast on the metro train

David Dixon, from Hartlepool, has not been in contact with his partner Charlotte Louise Sutcliffe since leaving for work on Tuesday

New York siblings Sascha (pictured)  and Alexander Pinczowski (right)  were at Brussels Airport at the time of the two explosions inside a terminal - they havent been seen since

David Dixon has not been in contact with his partner, Charlotte Sutcliffe, since the bombs went off and may have been on the Brussels Metro at the time of Tuesdays explosion at the Maalbeck underground station.

The IT programmer, who lives in Brussels but is originally from Hartlepool, County Durham, was travelling to work on Tuesday morning but did not arrive at his office.

The 53-year-old would have travelled through Maelbeek station, where the attack happened.

Friends have been appealing for information on his whereabouts on social media and asking anyone with information to contact his Ms Sutcliffe.

American siblings Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski were at Brussels Airport at the time of the two explosions inside a terminal and have not been seen or heard from since the incidents.

According to Dutch media reports, the pair were on the phone to their family when the blasts took place and then the line went dead.

The Pinczowskis, both from New York, were at Brussels Airport at the time of the two explosions inside a terminal and have not been seen or heard from since the incidents.

American Mormon missionary Mason Wells, 19, was injured in the horrifying Brussels airport terrorist attack after having previously survived the Boston bombing and the Paris attacks . He suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, injuries from shrapnel and second- and third-degree burns on his face and hands after the bombing.

Chad Wells, Masons father, told ABC News: This is his third terrorist attack adding he and Mason were a block from the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where the bombing took place in 2013. The teen was also in Paris last year during the attacks.

A haunting image of Nidhi Chaphekar, a married mother of two, went viral on social media in the aftermath of the attack, with #PrayForNidhi trending on social media. Covered in dust and blood, Nidhi is pictured amid the chaos in the tattered remains of her yellow Jet Airways jackeHIRD BRUSH WITH TERROR: AMERICAN MORMON, 19, LEFT WITH BURNS AND SHRAPNEL INJURIES IN BRUSSELS ATTACK ALSO SURVIVED THE BOSTON AND PARISH BOMBINGS

Miracle: Mormon missionary Mason Wells, 19, pictured, was injured in Brussels airport and also survived the Boston bombing and the Paris attacks

An American Mormon missionary was injured in the horrifying Brussels airport terrorist attack after having previously survived the Boston bombing and the Paris attacks. Mormon missionary Mason Wells, 19, was injured along with his two colleagues and suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, injuries from shrapnel and second- and third-degree burns on his face and hands after the bombing.

This is his third terrorist attack, Chad Wells, Masons father, told ABC News.

This is the third time that sadly in our society that we have a connection to a bomb blast

We live in a dangerous world and not everyone is kind and loving.

Chad said he and Mason were a block away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where the bombing took place, waiting for Masons mother, Kymberly Wells, who was a runner.

It had shaken their bodies and he had taken Mason to our hotel and said to stay there.

Mason was very calm and composed, Kymberly told ABC News.

Mason is currently in a Belgian hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, he told his parents. He was at ground zero of the blast zone when the bombs went off.

Chad said a Mormon official relayed to the Wells family that Mason, despite being on the ground and bleeding actually had a sense of humor and remained calm through the situation.

Mason has always assured us that he is safe and careful.

I told him first and foremost always be aware of your surroundings, please be very careful when youre traveling be very observant to people around you, Kymberly said.

The teen was also in Paris last year during the attacks.

He shared with us that he was extremely close to the blast where he was burned by it, Chad said.

Its a blessing from God hes alive.

Joseph Empey, who was with Mason, was also injured in the attack.

The 20-year-old was treated for second-degree burns to his hands, face and head. 

A police sharpshooter takes aim from a helicopter hovering over Brussels rooftops following the attacks

Armed Belgian police officers gather outside a building as they conduct searches at a number of addressev assault rifles.

Khalid was also listed on an Interpol red notice – an alert to police forces around the world saying that he was wanted in Belgium on terrorism charges.

Yet they were still allowed to play a major for ISIS, providing ammunition and renting out a number of safe houses where the Brussels and Paris attacks were plotted before martyring themselves. 

Ibrahim blew himself up in the check-in hall of Zaventem airport while Khalid attacked a metro train at Maalbeek station near the EU headquarters, Frederic van Leeuw told a news conference.

According to Belgian news website 7sur7, Ibrahim was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2010 for firing at police with an AK-47 assault rifle during a robbery.

Khalid was also given a five-year jail term in early 2011 for possessing AK-47s and committing a series of car-jackings, it was reported. It is not clear when they were released from prison.

Their use of Kalashnikovs, a signature weapon for ISIS and other extremist groups, will raise questions about why they were not monitored more closely by security services.

The revelations are the latest in a series of failures by security chiefs facing damaging questions about why the siblings and other members of the cell were able to slip through the net.

Passengers shield themselves under bags as smoke and debris fill the terminal in the moments after the twin blast at Brussels Airport

Blast zone: The two bombs are believed to have gone off in these areas of the arrivals hall, as thousands were checking in for flights 

 

The safe house rented by the El Bakraoui brothers in the Brussels district of Molenbeek where Paris and Brussels logistics chief Salah Abdeslam was arrested in a police raid last Friday after four months on the run

Paris and Brussels logistics chief Salah Abdeslam (left) was arrested (right) while trying to flee his safehouse in the suburb of Molenbeek close to his family home and near the districts police station

Both were released early from prison – although it is not clear when.

But at some point Khalid linked up with the terror cell behind the Paris attacks and used a false name to rent a property in the city of Charleroi as a hideout.

In the hours before the November massacre, logistics chief Salah Abdeslam and his brother Brahim are believed to have stopped at the apartment to pick up weapons before going on to unleash hell on the French capital.

Khalid later rented out a flat, also under an alias, in the Brussels suburb of Forest which was stormed last week by police hunting Salah Abdeslam.

Khalid and his brother, Ibrahim, are believed to have escaped during a shoot-out with police in which another militant, Mohamed Belkaid, was killed.

Belkaid, an Algerian national who was illegally in Belgium, was found with an ISIS flag, AK-47 assault rifle and a book of jihadist literature next to his body.

At the time police said: two persons [the El Bakraoui brothers] who were probably in the flat fled the scene and are being tracked down.

Less than one week later, Khalid and Brahim El Bakraoui carried out the terrorist attack at Brussels airport and as passengers queued to check in for flights at around 8am local time (7am GMT) the first blast rang out.

People fled towards the entrance of Brussels Zaventem Airport, a second much bigger blast in front of them brought down much of the ceiling and sent razor-sharp shrapnel, body parts and clouds of thick dust and smoke billowing through the building.

Belgian terror expert Pieter Van Ostaeyen says French prosecutor indicating that Abdeslam had started talking to police may have triggered the attack.s

The three terrorists thought their network would be exposed and carried out their terror plan before this happened as a pre-emptive move, he told Aftonbladet.

It happened today [Tuesday], maybe weeks or months before the planned date.

The French prosecutor should not have talked so much. He sent out the wrong signals to the ISIS network still intact in Europe, so it was high time for them to act and thats exactly what happened.

The Belgian police investigation was leaking, and thats why it happened now, he adds.

Belgian intelligence services are already under intense pressure to explain a number of failures that have allowed members of the ISIS cell to operate under their noses in the capital.

 

On the terror watch list: Khalid was on an Interpol red notice – an alert to police forces around the world saying that he was wanted in Belgium on terrorism charges

 

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