‘Maximum number of victims’ plotted in terror attack

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A CALL unearthed by Belgian Police investigators reveals Brussels terror attackers final plans for deadly plot. A sinister telephone exchange between the suicide bombers who carried out the Brussels terror attack has been released.

Najim Laachraoui and Ibrahim El Bakraoui killed 32 people and wounded more than 300 other victims when they launched two suicide attacks at Brussels Airport and another bombing at a Metro station almost a year ago today, on March 22, 2016.

The 10-minute recording of the call made the day before the attack features the pair discussing their plans – to target the Belgian capital’s airport and metro lines with more than 100 kilos of explosives – with a ringleader in Syria.

The arrest of the mastermind behind the Paris attacks in November 2015 had unnerved the pair and created a sense of urgency. Both feared arrest because of of Laachraoui’s own involvement in the Paris attacks, which killed 130 people.

In the transcript of the conversation, Laacharoui told their point person in Syria they could no longer ‘delay’ their attack. El Bakraoui added ‘we’re working in a rush… we had lots of plans… but we’re obligated to work now, or we’ll have to rot in a cell’.

The terrorists had decided against firing into crowds, worrying people would flee and airport security would intervene and instead revealed they would target American, Russian and Israeli flights at the airport.

‘We’ve decided that, for a maximum number of victims, we have to infiltrate and set everything off at the same time’.

The recording was discovered on a laptop found in rubbish bins in the Brussels neighbourhood of Schaerbeek, thanks to a tip off from a taxi driver who, after hearing the news, understood that the men had taken to the airport that morning were Laachraoui and El Bakraoui.

The pair had sent a number of recorded voice messages via encrypted services to their counterparts in Syria and investigators also found a letter addressed to the Belgian government, last saved at 10.43pm the night before the attacks.

Belgian authorities have been on high alert since the March 22 attacks, with police conducting numerous raids across the country in a bid to thwart further plots.

On March 7 this year, federal prosecutors said police had apprehended a 24-year-old woman, identified as ‘Molly B’, who was suspected of planning European attacks.

A statement said a probe shows ‘indications of assistance being provided by the woman to persons with the intention to commit an attack in Europe’, adding her detention is not linked to previous attacks.

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