Three days after explosions rocked the airport and subway system in Brussels, killing at least 31 people, authorities are out in full force hunting down suspects. In total, Reuters reports that nine people have been arrested in Belgium and two in Germany since Thursday, and another person has been arrested in France in connection to a separate attack.
CNN reports that gunfire and explosions were heard Friday afternoon in the Brussels neighborhood of Scharbeek. In that neighborhood, a taxi driver picked up three men and brought them to the airport Tuesday, when two of them allegedly carried out a suicide bombing.
According to the Associated Press, three people were arrested, and two of them were shot in the leg, in raids both in Schaerbeck and in the Forest and Saint-Gilles districts. State media announced that one of the suspects, who was linked to Tuesday's attack, had a bag full of explosives. NBC News reports a bomb-disposing robot was seen investigating a suspicious object, and a security source said one "man was neutralized." There were a total of six people detained, but three were released.
Bernard Clerfayt, the mayor of the Schaerbeek district, said the raid in his neighborhood was linked to Tuesday's attacks and the detention of Reda Kriket, who authorities say was in the "advanced stages" of a terror plot in France and was connected to the organizer of November's attacks in Paris. Kriket was convicted in absentia in Belgium for recruiting ISIS members.
Days earlier, police raided an apartment in the neighborhood and found explosives, a suitcase with nails and screws, and an ISIS flag, according to CNN. And in a discarded computer, police found the will of Ibrahim El Bakraoui, one of the suspected suicide bombers.
Meanwhile, a U.S. military operation announced they had killed Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, or Haji Imam, a man known as the second in command of ISIS.
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