It had to be like Paris, worse than the massacre that occurred three days ago. Isis was thinking about attacking Brussels following the scheme adopted in the French capital on 13 November. Not only on bombs in the subway and at the airport, but also a massacre in the street using Kalashnikovs. Salah Abdeslam was supposed to be part of that murderous commandos. But the Daesh’s plans were partially thwarted by the arrest of the most wanted person responsible for the Paris attacks. Probably, that arrest had prompted the others to take action straight away, before new blitzes destroyed the jihadist cell.
This is the latest hypotheses which leaked about the ongoing investigations on the massacres in Brussels and investigators – according to media – consider it quite plausible, although not certain. According to the reconstruction, Mohamed Belkaid and Amine Choukri were part of Adbeslam’s commandos. Yet, the shooting in the terrorists’ hiding in Forest – when police killed Belkaid – and Salah’s arrest did not allow them to implement their plan entirely. Leaving the task of completing their mission of death to the group of suicide bombers from the Schaerbeek den.
The investigation still proceeds unabated and provides news every day, fueling also the controversy on the efficiency of the intelligence and that of the Belgian police. Nevertheless, the crisis center has decided to bring the alert down (from 4 to 3), which means that the threat of terrorist attacks is no longer “imminent”, although it remains “serious.” Investigators have identified a second man, thanks to surveillance cameras at the subway stations, next to Khalid El Bakraoui. He is now wanted by the police, unless he blew himself up together with the suicide bomber. The latter had been wanted by Interpol – but not by the Belgian Federal Police – since last December.
The surveys concern also the possible flaws in the Belgian security system. According to the DH newspaper, a policemen from Mechelen (in the north) had had the address of one of the masterminds of the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, since December 7. Yet, he had not reported it to Brussels till three months later: The agent had obtained the information in Mechelen and had entered the address in a confidential report for the anti-terrorist unit of the Brussels Federal judicial police: rue des Quatre Vents number 79, in Molenbeek, where Abdeslam was found last Friday. However, the report had not been sent to the capital and had remained locked up at the Mechelen police station for three months.