Belgian Prosecutor says it is Unclear if Suspect Arrested in Belgium is "man in the hat"
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News April 09, 2016 Updated: 4:28 AM
Belgian police arrested five terrorist suspects Friday including Mohamed Abrini, the last known fugitive on the run after November's deadly Paris attacks, the Belgian prosecutor said.
Eric Van der Sypt told reporters it is unclear whether Abrini is the elusive "man in the hat" seen on surveillance video leaving Brussels Airport minutes before the deadly bomb blasts on March 22.
"We are investigating if Abrini can be identified as the third person at the Brussels national airport, the so- called man with the hat," said Belgian prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt.
The arrests came one day after authorities released new videos of a man in a floppy hat and light-colored jacket pushing a luggage cart at the airport alongside two terrorists who participated in the suicide attacks. The fugitive terrorist's bomb on the cart failed to detonate.
Authorities appealed to the public for any information on the suspect, who is seen in a series of videos walking along various streets in Brussels.
Another man arrested on Friday, Osama K., alias Naim al Ahmed, was seen with Brussels subway bomber Khalid El Bakraoui just before the March 22 attacks, the prosecutor said.
Osama K. was also filmed by security cameras in the City 2 shopping mall when the bags were bought that were used by the suicide bombers who attacked Brussels Airport the same morning.
Belgian prosecutors said fingerprints and DNA from Abrini had been found in a Renault Clio used in the Paris attacks, and in an apartment in the Forest area of the Belgian capital that was used by Salah Abdeslam, another Paris suspect, as a hideout until police stumbled upon it.