Brussels attacks: Suspected jihadist arrested in Anderlecht
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Laachraoui Najim was arrested on Wednesday in Anderlecht according to media reports. The person is suspected of involvement in the terror attacks in Brussels yesterday. His DNA was also found on explosives used in the attacks in Paris on 13 November last year that caused the death of 130 people. He went to Syria in February 2013 and has been wanted since last December.
He was checked in the beginning of September last year at the Austrian-Hungarian border using the false identity of Soufiane Kayal and in the company of Salah Abdeslam and Mohammed Belkaïd. The last one, aged 35, was shot dead by police in Forest last week.
The Swedish daily Expressen writes that Belkaïd had been living in Sweden for many years and had been married to a Swedish woman.
Swedish expert Hans Brun said to Expressen that this comes as no surprise. “I think that this is something that we’ll see repeated during this year. Persons who are connected to the terror networks and who have residence permits in Sweden.”