When authorities raided an apartment in the Schaerbeek of Brussels after being tipped off by the cab driver that transported the 4 terrorists, they came across some shocking discoveries.
According to reports, police found a full fledged bomb-making factory. The apartment was ridden with chemicals, explosives, and nails which would be used as shrapnel. Also inside was an ISIS flag.
Additionally, as police were searching they came across a computer that had been thrown in a trash can. When they accessed the computer they found a suicide note from Ibrahim El Bakraoui. According to USA Today:
In the note, which was also written as a partial last will and testament, El Bakraoui expressed concern that he might get caught in a manhunt spawned by last week’s arrest in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, who police say confessed to his role in the Paris attacks in November that killed 130 people.
Abdeslam’s lawyer said his client is cooperating with police. Belgian authorities said Abdeslam planned to commit another attack and had a large network of associates.
“Being in a hurry, I don’t know what to do, being searched for everywhere, not being safe. If it drags on it could end up with me in a prison cell next to him,” El Bakraoui wrote in the suicide note in an apparent reference to Abdeslam.
Assuming that this letter was not meant to be found by police, the letter would suggest that last weeks capture of Salah Abdeslam spurred the terrorists to take quick action to carry out an attack.
One of the attackers, Najim Laachraoui, known as “the man in white” is seen on CCTV abandoning his massive 35 pound bomb and fleeing for unknown reasons. He is still on the run and his explosive never detonated.
Laachraoui is not new to the terrorist game, as the Daily Mail reported:
Najim Laachraoui, who is believed to have gone on the run after Paris logistics chief Salah Abdeslam’s capture.
Laachraoui reportedly travelled to Syria in February 2013 and was stopped by guards at the Austria-Hungary border on September 9 last year while driving a rented Mercedes he shared with Salah Abdesalam, according to the Belgian Federal Prosecutor.
The pair were also travelling with Mohamed Belkaid, 35, the man shot and killed during the raid to capture Abdelslam on Friday.
It is thought Laachraoui was not stopped as he was using a drivers licence under a different name and traveled to Budapest twice in September 2015.
On this instance, the three men had posed as tourists heading to Vienna on holiday and did not raise suspicions when they were stopped by police.
Laachraoui was also captured on CCTV with Belkaid four days after the attacks during a money transfer in a Western Union bank in the Brussels area.
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