Brussels Airport Suspect: Bombers Planned to Target Tel Aviv Passengers

The Jerusalem Post reports: Mohamed Abrini, who claims to be “the man in the hat” seen in footage walking into the Brussels airport alongside two suicide bombers, said during recent investigations that his accomplices had made plans to attack travelers at the hub in Belgium who were flying to Tel Aviv among other destinations.

According to French BFM TV on Thursday, Abrini described the Belgian El-Bakraoui brothers and suicide bomber Najim Laachraoui as having the leading roles in the March 22 attacks at the airport and a metro stop that left 32 people killed.

He reportedly revealed that an attack in France had initially been planned, but due to the March 18 arrest of Salah Abdeslam – the key surviving suspect of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks – Brussels was the chosen target.

Abrini, who was captured on Friday, also claimed that Ibrahim El-Bakraoui had chosen the targets in the attack at Zaventem Airport in Brussels, which included waiting halls with passengers flying to Israel, the US and Russia.
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