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Airport Bombers Were Brothers - named as Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui


The airport bombers have been named as Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui

The suicide bombers who carried out a deadly attack on Brussels airport were brothers and known to police, according to reports.

The pair have been named by Belgian media as Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui.

Although previously known to police this was for organised crime rather than terrorism.

:: Terror In Brussels: Live Updates

Khalid had rented under a false identity the house raided by police last week, in an operation that led to the arrest of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam.

The suspect still at large was wearing a hat and a light-coloured jacket

The details of the attackers came as a major manhunt continued for their accomplice, who went on the run apparently after his device failed to explode.

He has been named as Najim Lacchraoui, who has been identified by French police as the chief bombmaker for the Paris attacks last November.

CCTV footage taken in the moments before the twin blasts at Zaventem Airport, which left at least 14 people dead, showed two of the three men wearing single gloves to conceal detonators.

The explosives were contained in their luggage and detonated before reaching the security gate, according to Zaventem's mayor.

Investigators were tipped off by police by a taxi driver who had driven three "suspicious" individuals to the airport - and was told not to touch their luggage upon arrival.

He directed police to the house where he had picked them up in the Brussels suburb of Schaerbeek. 

Inside the property detectives found a nail bomb, chemical products and an Islamic State flag.

Brussels Airport And Metro Rocked By Explosions

Belgian is continuing to mourn following the airport attack and the subsequent explosion on a tube train at Maelbeek Metro station, which killed a further 20 people.

One of the 34 people confirmed to have died in the bombings on Tuesday was 37-year-old Adelma Tapia Ruiz, the mother of three-year-old twins. She was killed while checking in at the airport.

Among the missing is Brussels commuter David Dixon, originally from Hartlepool, who failed to arrive at work on Tuesday morning.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for both atrocities, and in a statement, the terror group warned of "dark days" ahead for the western nations against it.

:: In the UK, anyone affected or concerned about others caught up in the attacks can call +442070080000.

:: The Belgian Crisis Centre has also set up a helpline for people calling from outside Belgium: +3278151771. Those in Belgium are asked to call 1771.

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