Belgium bombing suspect 'still on the run'; two suicide bombers identified

Update 1.45pm: Disruption to airline passengers is set to continue after the main airport in Brussels announced it will remain closed for a third day.

The airport confirmed it will remain closed on Thursday and there is no set date for reopening.

It issued a statement which read: "Because the forensic investigation is still under way we currently have no access to the building. Until we can assess the damage, it remains unclear when we can resume operations."

Commenting on the news Ryanair said: "Following the closure of Brussels Zaventem Airport, flights due to operate to/from Brussels Zaventem on both Wednesday (23 Mar) and Thursday (24 Mar) will operate to/from Brussels Charleroi.

"Customers booked to fly from Brussels should make their way to Brussels Charleroi, arrive at least 3 hours before their flight and allow extra time for additional security checks.

"Our full Brussels Charleroi schedule will be operating on both Wednesday and Thursday and further information is available on the website. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.”

Update 1.30pm: One of the suicide bombers who launched a deadly attack at Brussels airport left a note in which he said: "I don't know what to do".

Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said Belgian national Brahim El Bakraoui was identified as having carried out the suicide attack at the airport on Tuesday morning by his fingerprints.

He said a note was found on a computer in a bin during a raid in Schaerbeek in which El Bakraoui wrote: "Being in a hurry, I don't know what to do, being searched for everywhere, not being safe, if it drags on it could end up with me in a prison cell next to him", which French media have reported is a reference to suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam.

Graphic shows timeline of terrorist attacks from Paris to Brussels.

Mr Van Leeuw confirmed that Belgian national Brahim El Bakraoui was one of the men pictured in a photo from Brussels airport issued by police on Tuesday.

He added the man to the left of the picture has not yet been identified and the man to the right, dressed in a white jacket and hat, is subject of a manhunt.

Ibrahim's brother, Khalid El Bakraoui, 27, also a Belgian national, was named by Mr Van Leeuw as having carried out the bomb attack on a train at Maelbeek station.

He said: "The suicide bomber was identified by his fingerprints, it was Khalid El Bakraoui, the brother of Brahim.

"The two dead terrorists had large police files, but not linked to terrorism."

Khalid El Bakraoui is listed as wanted by the Interpol website for "terrorist activities".

Update 12.25pm: The two Brussels suicide bombers have been identified by a Belgian prosecutor as Brahim El Bakraoui, who struck at the city's airport, and Khalid El Bakraoui who struck at a Metro station.

The second airport bomber has not been unidentified and a third, Najim Laachraoui, is on the run.

One of the suicide bombers at Brussels airport left a will in a bin, according to Belgian authorities.

Update 12.15pm: Belgium's main airport is to remain closed until at least Thursday night following the Brussels attacks.

Update 11.42am: Police in Belgium say they misidentified the man arrested as the prime suspect Najim Laachraoui.

Authorities there have clarified that Laachraoui is still on the run.

An arrest in connection with the terror attack has reportedly been made in the Anderlecht suburb of Brussels, but local media reports that Laachraoui had been detained have now been withdrawn.

On the Anderlecht arrest, Belgian television reported that the suspect was "alive but is refusing to reveal his identity, which will only be known after DNA tests are carried out".

One strand of the investigation into the blasts is whether two of the three suspected terrorists pictured in a CCTV image from the airport released by police were wearing single gloves to secrete detonators.

Laachraoui is thought to be the third man in the CCTV images, who is dressed in a light-coloured jacket and is wearing a hat.

Police are reported to have raided an address given to them by a taxi driver who drove the three men to the airport where officers found another bomb and a flag representing the so-called 'Islamic State' group.

The Belgian prosecutor is expected to give a press conference soon.

Earlier: Brussels bomb suspect Najim Laachraoui has been arrested in Anderlecht, according to local media reports in Belgium.

Laachraoui, who was reportedly detained in the Brussels suburb of Anderlecht, is believed to have accompanied brothers Brahim and Khalid El Bakraoui to the city's airport yesterday, where they blew themselves up, killing 14 people.

Newspaper La Derniere Heure reported: "The third man in the images taken at Brussels airport was arrested this morning by the DSU (Belgian Federal Police's Counter Terrorism and Swat Unit), according to our sources.

Najim Laachraoui

"The federal prosecutor has not confirmed this information."

Bomb-maker Laachraoui is also suspected of having played a "decisive role" in the Paris terror attacks, French media has reported.

He was an accomplice of Paris terror suspect Salah Adbeslam, who was arrested in Brussels on Friday.

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