Taekwondo: Brother of Brussels bomber wins European title

Belgian Taekwondo athlete Mourad Laachraoui addresses a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, on March 24, 2016.
Belgian Taekwondo athlete Mourad Laachraoui addresses a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, on March 24, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AFP) - Belgian Mourad Laachraoui, the younger brother of one of the Brussels airport bombers, won gold in the European Taekwondo Championships on Thursday night.

Mourad Laachraoui, brother of Najim Laachraoui, beat Spaniard Jesus Tortosa 6-3 in the -54kg final in Montreux, Switzerland.

A silver medallist at the Summer Universiades in 2015, the 21-year-old has qualified for the Rio Olympics in August.

Najim Laachraoui, 24, was one of the two suicide bombers who struck Brussels airport on March 22, while a third attacker blew himself up at on a metro train, with the two attacks killing 32 people.

Prosecutors have also linked Najim Laachraoui to November's attacks in Paris in which 130 people died, saying his DNA was found on a suicide vest and a piece of cloth at the Bataclan concert hall where 90 people were killed.