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Bombers Killed a Man First so They'd Know 'What it Was Like'

Accomplice told investigators brothers picked a victim out on the street in 2014

(Newser) - Suicide bombers whose 2016 attacks left 31 people dead in Brussels first shot a man to death at random, investigators said, to learn what it was like to kill. Ibrahim El-Bakraoui carried out a suicide bombing at Zaventem airport, killing 11. His brother Khalid killed another 20 at a metro...

Crime Lab Arson a Possible Attempt to Destroy Evidence

The crime lab assists and advises Belgium's justice authorities

(Newser) - Reports of a bomb outside Belgium's criminal institute early Monday are probably false, the Brussels prosecutor's office says, describing the incident as much more likely an arson attack designed to destroy criminal evidence. "It's probably not terrorism. It's a criminal act," says spokeswoman Ine...

Brussels Cell Plotted to Hit Paris Again

But attackers were rushed into hit on Belgium by series of police raids

(Newser) - The Brussels attackers initially planned a second assault on France, but were "surprised by the speed of the progress in the ongoing investigation" and "urgently took the decision to strike in Brussels," the Federal Prosecution Office said Sunday, per CNN . Investigators found intimate links between the cell...

Prosecutor: Man Admits to Being 'Man in Hat' at Airport Bombing

Mohamed Abrini was charged Saturday

(Newser) - Mohamed Abrini, who was arrested Friday in Brussels , reportedly confessed Saturday to being the "man in the hat" long sought by authorities in connection with the attacks that killed 32 people in March, ABC News reports. According to the BBC , a federal prosecutor says the 31-year-old Belgian admitted to...

Brussels' 'Man in the Hat' Surfaces in New Video

It shows him in Schaerbeek neighborhood after the attacks

(Newser) - Almost two weeks after admitting they arrested the wrong man , Belgian authorities say the real " man in the hat " has surfaced in surveillance video from after the Brussels attacks. The footage shows the alleged terrorist—wearing a hat, glasses, and a light-colored jacket—leaving the Brussels Airport near...

At Least 22 More Suspects Tied to Terror Attacks

'Extensive' terror network that planned Paris, Brussels attacks run out of Belgian district

(Newser) - At least two dozen young Islamic radicals linked to the Paris and Brussels attacks are still on the loose, with investigators trying to penetrate the "extensive web" that may be planning more attacks, a Wall Street Journal investigation finds. Scouring court documents and interviews, the paper finds many of...

'Sign of Hope': Brussels Airport Reopens

First of 3 flights takes off as airport slowly gets back on its feet

(Newser) - A Brussels Airlines flight heading to the Portuguese city of Faro has taken off from Brussels Airport— the first passenger flight to leave the airport since suicide bombings on March 22 blew up its departures terminal. Arnaud Feist, the CEO of Brussels Airport Co., says the three flights leaving Sunday...

Brussels Airport Will Partially Reopen Sunday

'This is a sign of hope'

(Newser) - Twelve days after suicide bombs killed 16 people there, the Brussels Airport will reopen—at least partially—on Sunday, Reuters reports. Brussels Airlines will fly three flights—to Greece, Italy, and Portugal—out of the airport that day. "A restart of the operations, even only partially, as quick as...

Lawyer: Paris Suspect Ready to Cooperate

Salah Abdeslam to accept extradition to France

(Newser) - A lawyer for Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam says he's finally ready "to cooperate with the French authorities," reports the Independent . At a Thursday hearing in Belgium—where Abdeslam was captured in the basement of a distant relative on March 18—his lawyer says the alleged terrorist...

Brussels Youth Are Sent a Text: 'Fight the Westerners'

Extremists step up recruitment efforts after attacks

(Newser) - In the troubled Molenbeek district of Brussels, extremists have spied opportunity in the wake of last week's attacks. Over the weekend, young men in the heavily Muslim neighborhood were sent text messages, reading (in French): "My brother, why not fight the Westerners? Make the right choice in your...

Belgium Apparently Arrested the Wrong Man

Suspect freed as they renew search for 'man in the hat' at airport

(Newser) - Belgian authorities thought they had caught the "man in the hat" seen in surveillance photos at the Brussels airport, with authorities openly denouncing the suspect as a terrorist over the weekend. Now it appears they had the wrong man. Authorities released the suspect on Monday and began a new...

At Shrine for the Dead in Brussels, 'Hooligans' Give Nazi Salute

Chanted 'Death to Arabs'

(Newser) - Belgian riot police clashed Sunday with hundreds of right-wing hooligans at a temporary shrine honoring victims of the Brussels suicide bombings , as investigators launched fresh anti-terror raids, taking four more people into custody, the AP reports. Police used water cannons when scuffles broke out in front of the Bourse, which...

Hope Proves False: US Couple Confirmed Dead in Brussels

Justin and Stephanie Shults were seeing her mother off at airport

(Newser) - There was one agonizing glimmer of hope, but it turns out that a young American couple missing after the bombing of the Brussels airport were in fact killed in the attack. "We found out today that cowards took my brother's life," wrote Levi Sutton, brother of 30-year-old...

Brussels Solidarity March Postponed for Security

Belgium's tiny police force is stretched too thin

(Newser) - Organizers have postponed Sunday's march for solidarity in Belgium after the country's interior minister appealed to residents not to attend because police are stretched too thin with the ongoing investigation into attacks on Brussels' airport and subway, the AP reports. Event organizer Emmanuel Foulon said Saturday the event...

Brussels Airport Won't Reopen for Days

New attack suspect named

(Newser) - Brussels airport officials say flights won't resume before Tuesday as they assess the damage caused by twin explosions in the terminal earlier this week. Authorities have wrapped up their investigation of the crime scene at the airport, and will allow engineers into the building to check its structural safety...

Brussels Suicide Bomber Made Bombs for Paris Attacks

Officials had just asked for help finding him

(Newser) - One of the two suicide bombers that killed at least 30 people at the Brussels airport Tuesday was the same man who made two of the bombs used in the terrorist attacks on Paris in November, authorities confirmed Friday. The New York Times identified the man as 24-year-old Belgian citizen...

American Brother, Sister Dead in Brussels Attacks

Family of Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski confirms their deaths

(Newser) - Two Americans have been confirmed as being among the dead in the attacks in Brussels earlier this week, an anonymous senior US official tells NBC News . That official remained tight-lipped on their names, but CBS News has a statement from the family of Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski stating the brother...

Belgium Admits Major Failures Before Attack

Top ministers offer their resignations

(Newser) - In the aftermath of the Brussels attack , top Belgian officials have admitted that they could have done more to prevent it—including paying attention when Turkey deported Ibrahim El Bakraoui to the European Union and warned that he was a dangerous militant. Authorities have now disclosed that his brother, Khalid...

6 Arrested in Brussels Raids
 6 Arrested in Brussels Raids 

6 Arrested in Brussels Raids

France says it caught man in 'advanced stages' of terror plot

(Newser) - Belgian prosecutors say six people have been detained in raids around Brussels linked to this week's attacks on the city's airport and subway system. Federal prosecutors said in a statement late Thursday that the arrests were made during raids in Brussels neighborhoods, including Schaerbeek, where police found a...

UK Guy Jailed After Asking Muslim Woman to 'Explain Brussels'

He's held 'on suspicion of inciting racial hatred'

(Newser) - A partner at a PR agency specializing in social media landed in jail after tweeting about an encounter on a London street following the Brussels attacks. "I confronted a Muslim women [sic] yesterday in croydon," Matthew Doyle wrote Wednesday in a since-deleted tweet. "I asked her to...

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