BELGIAN NIGHTMARE: Police find BOMB, Islamic State flag and chemicals in raid on Brussels terror district where Paris explosives mastermind lived
Police have discovered a nail bomb, chemicals and an Islamic State flag during a raid in a Brussels terror district just hours after a series of blasts killed 34 people in the capital.
The disturbing discovery was made during searches in Schaerbeek, north-east Brussels, this evening.
‘The searches that took place in the Schaerbeek (district) found an explosive device containing among other things nails,’ the federal prosecutor said in a statement.
‘Investigators also discovered chemicals and a flag of the Islamic State,’ the statement added.
Najim Laachraoui, a newly-identified ISIS suspect whose DNA was found on bombs used in the Paris terror attacks, rented a suspected hideout in Schaarbeek.
Today’s terror attacks in Brussels come as no surprise to experts who for months have warned of the dangers of Molenbeek – a suburb of the city now considered Europe’s hotbed of jihadism.
Just days after Abdeslam was arrested in the suburb, terrorists today detonated bombs at the city’s airport and metro, killing at least 34 people.
Incredibly, Abdeslam – arrested on Friday at a house in Molenbeek, may have been hiding there for the four months since the deadly Paris terror attacks.
And there another suspect – named as Amine Choukri – was arrested by Belgian anti-terror police when he was found living with Abdeslam having entered Europe via Greece.
Several more members of the jihadi’s family were also arrested, accused of helping hide him during his time on the run.
New pictures have now emerged showing the moment a man – suspected to be Choukri – was arrested on Friday. With bloodied trousers, he is seen being dragged to the ground by heavily armed police.
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