BEL­GIUM HUNTS SUS­PECT FILMED WITH IS­LAMIC STATE BOMBERS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Reuters ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

BRUS­SELS: Bel­gian police were on Thurs­day hunt­ing for a third man filmed with two Is­lamic State sui­cide bombers at Brus­sels air­port as ev­i­dence piled up that the same ji­hadist net­work was in­volved in the deadly Paris at­tacks last Novem­ber.

Mean­while, Tur­key’s pres­i­dent crit­i­cised Bel­gium for fail­ing to track Brahim El Bakraoui, a con­victed armed rob­ber whom it ex­pelled last year and who blew him­self up at Brus­sels air­port on Tues­day an hour be­fore his brother Khalid, a fel­low con­vict, killed about 20 peo­ple at Mael­beek metro sta­tion.

A Turk­ish gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said Bakraoui was de­ported twice from Tur­key in July and Au­gust af­ter re-en­ter­ing the coun­try. His ini­tial de­por­ta­tion was based on police sus­pi­cion, con­veyed to Bel­gian and Dutch au­thor­i­ties, that he was a for­eign mil­i­tant fighter, an­other of­fi­cial said.

Se­cu­rity sources told Bel­gian me­dia the other sui­cide bomber at the air­port was Na­jim Laachraoui, a veteran Bel­gian Is­lamist fighter in Syria sus­pected of mak­ing ex­plo­sive belts for Novem­ber’s Paris at­tacks.

The third sus­pect cap­tured on se­cu­rity cam­eras push­ing a bag­gage trol­ley into the depar­tures hall along­side Laachraoui and Bakraoui is now the tar­get of a police man­hunt. He has not been named. The be­spec­ta­cled man wear­ing a cream jacket and a black hat ran out of the ter­mi­nal, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said, and a third bomb, the big­gest of the three, ex­ploded later.

RE­LATED RE­PORTS, P16

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