The suspect was wearing a fishing hat, rolled-up shirtsleeves and a raincoat that cannot be found. And he left the scene of the terrorist bombing at the Brussels airport on March 22 on foot. As police swarmed over the area, he just walked away from the crime.
Belgian police, seeking help from the public in finding this man, released a series of surveillance images Thursday that show the suspect walking away from the airport in Zaventem over the course of two hours following the bombings. He was wearing a fishing hat and a light-colored raincoat, but he ditched the raincoat somewhere along the way.
Police want to recover the recover the garment, saying in a statement Thursday that “it may hold important traces.”
This suspect is the same man shown in a previously released surveillance image taken at the airport before the attack — a man wearing a dark hat and pushing a luggage cart — the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said.
Detention of Abdeslam and alleged accomplice extended
In a related development, the Brussels court extended the detention of terror suspects Salah Abdeslam and Ahmed A. — alias Choukri — according to a statement from the Belgian federal prosecutor.
Earlier, Abdeslam’s lawyer, Sven Mary, had told reporters that it would take weeks to extradite Abdeslam to France following an extradition hearing.
Abdeslam is suspected of having played an important role in planning the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.