Belgium attackers' bombs were 'in their bags': local mayor

Brussels, Mar 23: The suicide attackers who struck Brussels airport, killing at least 14 people, had their bombs in their luggage, the local mayor said.

"They came in a taxi with their suitcases, their bombs were in their bags," Zaventem mayor Francis Vermeiren told AFP. "They put their suitcases on trolleys, the first two bombs exploded. The third also put his on a trolley but he must have panicked, it didn't explode," he added.

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Belgium: Attackers had bombs in bags

It was this case that bomb disposal experts blew up later, he added.

Vermeiren said of the airport attacks that "it was a war zone, atrocious to see, atrocious to live through. But strength and solidarity have won."

Belgium's federal prosecutor said earlier that there were two suicide bombers and they were "actively looking" for a third whose bomb did not go off.

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Police issued a wanted notice for the suspect, along with a CCTV picture showing a bespectacled man with a goatee beard, wearing a white jacket and black hat, pushing a trolley with a large black bag.

Authorities earlier released a grainy picture of the same man alongside two men with dark hair in dark clothes who were also pushing trollies with similar bags. Both of those men wore black gloves on their left hands.


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