Thursday, March 24, 2016
Brussels Terrorist attackers were originally targeting nuclear plant, but changed their minds after arrests.
Brussels Terrorist attackers were originally targeting nuclear plant, but changed their minds after arrests. (Naharnet).
Suicide bombers who blew themselves up in Brussels were originally considering an attack on a nuclear site in Belgium, but arrests started last week may have forced them switch to targets in the Belgian capital, the DH newspaper said.
Referring to an incident in December that prosecutors confirmed in which militants covertly filmed the home of an unidentified senior official in the nuclear industry, the paper quoted a police source as saying that two of the suicide bombers, brothers Khalid and Ibrahim Bakraoui, had filmed the daily routine of the head of Belgium's nuclear research and development program.
A 10-hour video from a camera hidden in front of the nuclear official's house was found in December during a police raid in Belgium, linked to the Paris attacks a month before.
Any plans for an assault on a nuclear site might have been foiled by a police operation last week in the Brussels borough of Forest, the newspaper said. In that raid, officers unexpectedly stumbled upon armed men in a flat that was searched in connection to the Paris attacks investigation.
The arrests may have forced the hand of the attackers who decided to shift to targets in Brussels, focusing on the airport and metro: "There is no doubt that they rushed their operations because they felt under pressure," the police source was quoted by DH as saying.
"Even if one couldn't prevent these (Brussels) attacks, one can say that their magnitude could have been much bigger if the terrorists had been able to implement their original plan and not opted for easier targets," said the police source. Hmmm........Any nuclear fallout would have probably affected the Netherlands or other neighboring country. Read the full story here.