At least one of the Brussels suicide bombers acted out of urgency after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam four days before the brutal Brussels attacks.
According to Belgium’s federal prosecutor, Ibrahim El Bakraoui who was deported from Turkey a year ago, left a note on a computer found in a trash can during an anti-terrorist raid at the Schaerbeek suburb in Brussel.
The Belgian authorities learned that the attackers were living in the suburb from the taxi driver who carried the attackers, being disguised as travelers, at the airport.
Belgian authorities managed to recover the note, in which the terrorist said that after the arrest of Abdeslam he feared that his arrest will follow.
In the note – revealed by prosecutors – El Bakraoui described himself as “always on the run, not knowing what to do anymore, being hunted everywhere, not being safe any longer.” The mass murderer added that “if he hangs around, he risks ending up next to the person in a cell,” most probably referring to Abdeslam. The attacker feared that Abdeslam, will start to cooperate with the authorities.
El Bakraoui brothers, Ibrahim and Khalid, were known to the Belgian police, as they both had criminal records before being involved with the Islamic State. According to NBC News, the brothers were almost captured in a March 15 police raid.
The Brussels attackers managed to escape, but investigators found in the raided house a cache of weapons and useful information that led them to the capture of Abdeslam.
In 2010, Ibrahim was sentenced to 9 years in prison for shooting at police while Khalid was arrested for possession of Kalashnikovs and carjacking in 2011 and had been sentenced to 5 years in prison.
According to British Sky News, security experts believe Tuesday’s brutal attacks were probably being planned before Abdeslam arrest.