A Belgian police officer stands guard outside the metro station of Maalbeek in Brussels following bomb attacks in Brussels metro and the airport in Zaventem, Belgium, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Thierry Roge/Pool
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Three suicide bombers who struck Brussels airport and a metro train in attacks claimed by ISIS were identified Wednesday, as the manhunt for a fourth suspect whose suitcase bomb failed to detonate intensified.Prosecutors said brothers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui had carried out attacks at Zaventem airport and Maalbeek metro station, while bomb-making expert Najim Laachraoui was identified by police sources as the second airport bomber. The three identified suspects behind the twin assaults, which killed 31 and injured 300, have been linked to the Paris attacks last November, underscoring the threat European nations face from the extremist group.Belgium authorities are under immense pressure over their apparent inability to smash domestic extremist networks, after it emerged that the Paris attacks were largely planned from the country.Belgian authorities had already been hunting the Bakraoui brothers, both Belgian nationals with long criminal records, over their links to Paris attack suspect Abdeslam.Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said the attacks, the worst in the country's history had killed or wounded people of around 40 nationalities.
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