Investigators Find Anxious Note of Brussels Bomber
'I don't know what to do'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2016 1:25 PM CDT
A man identified as Ibrahim El Bakraoui is seen in surveillance video from the Brussels airport.   (Belgian Federal Police via AP)
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(Newser) – One of the two brothers who detonated a suicide bomb in Brussels on Monday was clearly worried about getting caught just prior to the attacks. Authorities revealed a note written by Ibrahim El Bakraoui, 29, that reads: "Being in a hurry, I don't know what to do, being searched for everywhere, not being safe. If it drags on it could end up with me in a prison cell next to him." The "him" is believed to refer to Salah Abdeslam, the suspected terrorist ringleader arrested last week, reports USA Today. The note was found on a computer that had been dumped into a street trash can outside an apartment building in Brussels, reports ABC News. A taxi driver led police to the building after realizing that he had driven El Bakraoui and two others to the airport on Monday morning.

Also on Tuesday, authorities clarified some confusing earlier accounts of the investigation: They now say that Ibrahim El Bakraoui is the man seen in the middle of two others in a surveillance photo from the airport. On the left is a fellow suicide bomber, still unidentified, and on the right is another suspect, clad in white, who remains at large. Some media reports have identified him as Najim Laachraoui, who is suspected of paying a role in the Paris attacks, but authorities have not officially identified Laachraoui as a suspect in Brussels. Ibrahim El Bakraoui's brother, Khalid, 27, meanwhile, is accused of detonating a suicide bomb on the Brussels subway train. In another development, a Turkish official says Ibrahim El Bakraoui was arrested in June at the Turkey-Syria border and deported to the Netherlands. Turkey then warned both the Netherlands and Belgium that he was a "foreign terrorist fighter," reports AP.