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Brussels bombing: New Syrian ‘suspect’ identified, another arrested

Belgian media reported that investigators have identified a new suspect in the Brussels bombings and police have arrested another man seen on the CCTV image in connection with the metro blast.

Brussels attack Updated: Mar 25, 2016 14:08 IST
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Investigators have identified 28-year-old, Syrian Naim al Hamed, as another suspect in Brussels bombing. (Picture courtesy: De Morgen official website)

Investigators have identified a new suspect they believe played a role in the Brussels bombings this week, Belgian newspaper De Morgen said on Friday, naming him as 28-year-old Syrian Naim al Hamed.

De Morgen said Hamed was on a list circulated to the security services of other European countries after Tuesday’s attacks along with the primary suspects -- Mohamed Abrini, Najim Laachraoui and Khalid el Bakraoui.

Naim al Hamed was also suspected of involvement in the November 13 Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed.

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Another newspaper, De Standaard, reported on Friday that police have arrested a man who was seen on security footage next to Khalid el Bakraoui, the suicide attacker who detonated a bomb in the Brussels metro. The federal prosecutor’s office did not confirm the arrest.

This CCTV image from the Brussels airport surveillance cameras shows what officials believe may be suspects in the Zaventem Airport attacks on March 22. (Reuters Photo)

De Standaard newspaper said the man, whom it did not name, was arrested after a policeman recognised him from the security footage.

Khalid el Bakraoui, 27, who blew himself up on a crowded rush hour train, is the brother of Ibrahim el Bakraoui, who detonated a bomb at the Brussels airport. The joint attacks at the Brussels metro station and Zaventem Airport killed at least 30 people and wounded over 250.

Public broadcaster RTBF meanwhile reported police detained a seventh person in the district of Forest following six arrests late on Thursday.

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First Published: Mar 25, 2016 13:40 IST