One Brussels Suicide Bomber Left a Note Behind

Posted at 7:49 AM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 07:49:27-04

One of the suicide bombers from Tuesday’s attack at the Brussels Airport left a written statement that has been discovered near an apartment where a taxi picked him up, according to the Belgian prosecutor’s office.

Ibrahim El-Bakraoui, 29, was the man pictured in the center of surveillance footage from the airport before the bombs detonated. He is one of two of the attackers who have been publicly identified.

The other was his brother, Khalid El-Bakhraoui, who was the subway suicide bomber, officials said.

Ibrahim El-Bakraoui’s note was described by Belgian prosecutors as being a "testament" and was found on a laptop in a trash can on the same street as the apartment the trio was picked up from earlier that day.

"The note included mentions of 'being in a rush,' 'no longer knowing what to do,' 'being sought everywhere,' 'no longer being safe,' and that if he takes too much time, he risks finishing his life 'next to him' in a jail cell," the official said.

It is unclear to whom El-Bakraoui is referring in the note.

El-Bakraoui’s written statement was found in a trash can outside the apartment building where a taxi driver picked him up, along with two co-conspirators, before taking them to the airport Tuesday morning, prosecutors allege.

Tuesday's deadly attacks, which left at least 31 victims dead, came days after Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspects in November's attacks in Paris, was arrested in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek.

One of the two other men pictured with Ibrahim El-Bakraoui died in the attack but has not been identified. The other is believed to have survived and is on the run, officials said.