Last updated: 12:00 PM ET, Thu April 21 2016

Report: Brussels Airport Bomber Worked At Facility for 5 Years

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 21, 2016

Report: Brussels Airport Bomber Worked At Facility for 5 Years

One of the alleged terrorists who detonated bombs inside the Brussels Airport reportedly worked at the facility for five years until 2012.

According to the Agence France-Presse, 24-year-old Najim Laachraoui was allegedly one of the suicide bombers who set off explosive devices at Brussels Airport on March 22, and he had reportedly worked at the facility until 2012.

Local media in Belgium is reporting that Laachraoui worked at the airport, but did not expand on what his job was at the facility. Belgium's VTM television reported that employees are subjected to a security check, before being given access badges.

Laachraoui was an electrical engineering student, and is also suspected of building the bombs for last November's Paris attacks in addition to the explosive devices used in the Brussels airport and the metro station attacks.

In addition to working for the airport, reports also suggest Laachraoui has held a job at the European Parliament as a custodian in 2009 and 2010, according to AFP.

VTM also reported that police in Belgium had discovered and shut down a hidden prayer room inside the Brussels Airport "where radicalized staff would meet to pray in secret.” Reports suggest authorities have compiled a list of at least 50 radicalized airport employees.


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