Belgian Prosecutor Confirms Brussels Death Toll At 31

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Thirty-one people were killed and 270 people wounded at the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, the Belgian prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said a press conference on Wednesday. That brings the death toll slightly down from the 34 that was widely reported after the deadly explosions on Tuesday. The prosecutor also said that one of the prime suspects from the Zaventum airport attack, Najim Laachraoui, was still on the run. An earlier local media report had said the suspected Islamic State operative was arrested in a Brussels suburb, although the news outlet later retracted the story. Out of the three attackers at the Brussels international airport, Laachraoui had carried the most powerful bomb, which did not explode, according to Van Leeuw. Belgian police has identified one of the airport suicide bombers as Ibrahim El Bakraoui, but the identity of the second one is still unknown. El Bakraoui's brother, Khalid, blew himself up at the Maelbeek metro station were around 20 people died.

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