The true goal of the brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui were the Belgian nuclear power plants, but the arrest of Salah Abdeslam has accelerated and changed the terrorists’ plans. The scoop was revealed by La Dernière Heure. According to this newspaper, the two brothers had hidden a camera in front of the house that belongs where the director of the nuclear research program lives. The two men collected the video after the Paris attacks, showing thus – the newspaper points out -, that there is a connection between France, Belgium, and Syria. The 12-hour-long video was later retrieve during a search in December, when one of the suspected aggressors of the Paris attacks, Mohamed Bakkali, was arrested.
In the meantime, investigations on the attacks in Brussels, which killed 32 people, continue. In particular, they are looking for the second man who was with Khalid El Bakraoui, the suicide bomber who blew himself up in the subway, according to the Belgian RTBF public television. The man, as we learn, was recorded by the surveillance camera as he was carrying a big bag. His identity is still unknown and we do not know whether he died in the attack or is on the run, explains the Belgian TV channel.
Two days after the attacks, the city is still armored. Schools and shops are open, whereas public transport, especially the subway, still do not work in the Belgian capital. The transport company said that almost all aboveground means of transport, i.e., buses and trams will, while the subway works short-time (7am -6.30pm) and many lines and stations are still closed. Even some railway stations, not the main ones, are still closed. Car traffic in the city is quite dense, because many people have given up on using public transport to get around.