Terror in Brussels
April 7, 2016

One of the Brussels suicide bombers worked a summer job as a cleaner at the European Parliament, officials revealed on Thursday. Although the spokesman for the E.U. did not name the bomber in his statement, a police source told NBC News that the attacker in question was Najim Laachraoui, who is believed to have made the bombs for the Paris terror attacks in November as well. Laachraoui detonated a suicide bomb at the Brussels airport on March 22.

"As a student, he held a summer holiday job at the parliament for one month in 2009 and one month in 2010. As required by the contract, the cleaning firm submitted proof of the absence of a criminal record," the spokesman said.

Former deputy speaker of the Belgian Parliament Lode Vanoost told RT that people like Laachraoui could get hired at the E.U. because the low-wage, temporary jobs typically go to those in the migrant community. "Isn't that ironic that we put so much emphasis on security in our society, but the people who actually have to do it [such as security guards] are mainly people who are badly paid, who hardly get a decent salary, decent working conditions. And after that you are surprised?" he said.

In addition to the attack at the airport, there was also an attack on the Maelbeek metro station in the Belgian capital on March 22; the station was located near the European Union offices. Thirty-two people were killed in the attacks. Jeva Lange

April 2, 2016

Nearly two weeks after deadly terrorist attacks at the airport and subway, Brussels is set to resume limited passenger flights Sunday, Brussels Airport CEO Arnaud Feist said in a news conference Saturday.

Three Brussels Airlines flights are scheduled to depart, The Associated Press reports. Feist added that he hopes full service will be restored by June or July.

The country has lived through "the darkest days in the history of aviation in Belgium, Feist said.

The suicide bombings purportedly carried out by the Islamic State killed 32 people and injured 270 others. Julie Kliegman

March 30, 2016

Authorities have uncovered a file containing the floor plan and photographs of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel's office on a laptop tied to the Brussels terrorist attacks, a government official said Wednesday. The prime minister's office is a regular meeting spot for cabinet members, The New York Times reports. Belgian news reports also claim that the computer contained "precise information" about the prime minister's residence, which is located near the United States Embassy; Secretary of State John Kerry met with Michel there just this past Friday.

This is the same laptop computer that was found discarded in a trash can hours after the March 22 Brussels attacks and contained the will of one of the three suicide bombers. Authorities have identified the writer of the will, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, his younger brother, Khalid, and another man, Najim Laachraoui, as attackers. They are still seeking a third airport attacker and another attacker believed to be involved in the subway blast.

The two explosions at Zaventem airport, plus a third at a metro station, killed 32 people and wounded about 270 others. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. Becca Stanek

March 28, 2016

Belgian authorities released the only suspect to have been arrested directly in relation to the Brussels terror attacks, citing a lack of evidence. Faycal Cheffou was reported to have been heavily involved in Tuesday's terrorist attacks when he was detained last week; he was released Monday after he was mistakenly identified as the "man in the hat" who appears in widely circulated airport surveillance footage shot just before the attacks. Authorities renewed their call for information about the man in the hat on Monday, though, apparently further distancing Cheffou from the attacks.

The New York Times calls Cheffou's release a "stunning setback" for Belgium's anti-terrorism efforts. Belgian officials also acknowledged last week that they had failed to act on warnings from Turkey to arrest Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, one of the suicide bombers, after that country had briefly arrested him last year on suspicion of terrorist activity. Tuesday's bombings killed at least 35 people. Jeva Lange

March 26, 2016

Belgian prosecutors charged a man the media identified as Fayçal Cheffou with participating in a terrorist group and in terrorist murders Saturday, The New York Times reports.

Cheffou, who authorities say was heavily involved in Tuesday's deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels, is reportedly an independent journalist. Cheffou was one of four men detained in Brussels. Julie Kliegman

March 25, 2016

Najim Laachraoui, one of the two men who blew themselves up at the Brussels airport on Tuesday, also made the suicide vests for the November Paris attacks, Belgian authorities said Friday.

Laachraoui, 24, was a Belgian citizen who went to Syria in February 2013. On Dec. 10, 2015, authorities found bomb-making equipment and fingerprints in a Brussels apartment. The fingerprints belonged to Laachraoui and Salah Abdeslam, the only known living participant of the Paris attacks. On March 18, 2016, Abdeslam was arrested in Brussels after a four-month manhunt. On March 21, Belgian authorities reportedly asked for help in finding Laachraoui, who was still at large. The next day, Laachraoui blew himself up at the Brussels airport. Laachraoui, authorities say, is a crucial link between the Paris and Brussels attacks.

In the hunt for those connected to the bombings that killed 31 people, Belgian authorities continue to raid neighborhoods around Brussels, detaining at least six suspects Thursday and three more on Friday. The investigation has also spread to Germany and France, where multiple suspects have been arrested on suspicion of ties to the Paris and Brussels bombings as well as future terrorist plots. Lauren Hansen

March 25, 2016

Specialized police units stormed a building in the Schaerbeek section of Brussels Friday on the hunt for people connected to Tuesday's bombings at the Brussels airport and a subway station. Three people were reportedly detained, with two of them shot in the leg. Schaerbeek has multiple connections to both the Paris and Brussels attacks and was also the site of a major raid Thursday night, which resulted in six arrests.

Meanwhile, German authorities announced Friday that a man arrested during a routine identity check at a train station in Giessen, Germany, Thursday may have links to the Brussels attackers. And in France, police reportedly foiled a major terror attack with the arrest of a suspect named Reda Kriket on Thursday outside of Paris. Lauren Hansen

March 25, 2016

The Pinczowski family received devastating news Friday — brother and sister Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski were among those killed during Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels. Belgian authorities and the Dutch Embassy told the family that their remains were positively identified.

The father of Alexander's fiancé issued a statement, on behalf of the Pinczowski family, saying they are "grateful to have closure on this tragic situation."

Alexander and Sascha were reportedly in the Delta Air Lines ticket line, preparing to check into their flight to New York City, when the bombs went off. Alexander was reportedly talking to his mother on the phone when the line went dead. Alexander and Sascha were Dutch nationals but had reportedly lived in New York for some time.

A husband and wife from the South are reportedly still missing after the Brussels bombings. Lauren Hansen

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