BRUSSELS – There are conflicting reports about whether the main suspect in Tuesday’s terror attacks has been arrested.
Two of the suicide bombers who targeted Brussels Airport and the city’s subway system were identified Wednesday as brothers Khalid and Brahim Bakraoui, and Belgian media reported that a third man – the suspected ISIS bomb-maker behind the attacks, was arrested.
A major Belgian newspaper and television network said police took Najim Laachraoui, the Belgian national suspected of making the bombs for the November 13, 2015, attacks in Paris and yesterday’s carnage in Brussels, into custody. Officials did not immediately confirm the reports.
Reuters news agency reports an arrest was made but contends it is not Laachraoui.
The Bakraoui brothers, who died when they detonated bombs at the airport in Brussels on Tuesday, had a long history of crime and were known to authorities, but had not been linked to terrorism before last week.