Belgian police appeal for information on airport blast suspects

A CCTV image from the Brussels Airport surveillance cameras with the suspects in the Brussels airport attack on March 22, 2016.
A CCTV image from the Brussels Airport surveillance cameras with the suspects in the Brussels airport attack on March 22, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Belgian police issued an appeal Wednesday (March 23) for information about two suspects believed to have blown themselves up at Brussels airport in an attack claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group.

The police posted several tweets with the caption "Terrorism: who knows this man?", showing close-ups from closed circuit television of two men pushing trolleys with suitcases on them through the airport departure hall.

They gave three slightly different images for each man who the federal prosecutor said Tuesday had likely blown themselves up in the attack.

A third man, dressed in a light coloured jacket and wearing a dark hat, who was shown with the two others in a CCTV grab issued Tuesday, is believed to have fled the scene and is now the subject of a massive manhunt.

 

The death toll in the airport blast and another on the Brussels metro system shortly afterwards was put at more than 30 dead but officials said Wednesday they still could not give a final figure.

"We do not have a definitive total; for the moment it remains at what we get gave yesterday, some 30 dead and about 250 injured," a spokesman for the anti-terror Crisis Centre told AFP.