2nd suicide bomber at Brussels Airport ID’d as man linked to Paris attacks

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The second man who blew himself up at Brussels Airport earlier this week has been identified as 24-year-old Najim Laachraoui, whose DNA has also been found on explosives that were used in the Paris attacks.

The federal prosecutor’s office in Belgium said in a statement on Friday that the second suicide bomber was identified through DNA evidence as Laachraoui, who was already being sought by Belgian and French police under the false identity of Soufiane Kayal.

In making the announcement, the prosecutor’s office said Laachroui’s DNA was also found in evidence from last November’s deadly terror attacks in Paris, including on an explosive device outside the Stade de France and on both a suicide vest and a piece of fabric at the Bataclan.

Laachroui first appeared on the radar of investigators in early December after he was seen with Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam as they traveled to the Hungarian capital of Budapest in early September. Laachroui was using fake identity cards at the time and his real name was not known until he blew himself up at Brussels Airport.

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