“Brahim El Bakraoui, 30, was convicted in October 2010 for firing a Kalashnikov assault rifle at police and wounding an officer after a robbery in Brussels earlier that year. He was sentenced to nine years in prison. In 2011, his brother Khalid was given a sentence of five years for car jacking.” Then in 2016, they were both free, unsupervised, and able to amass material that they used yesterday to carry out the jihad massacre in Brussels. Why weren’t they still in prison? Arguably, Khalid might have just been freed after serving his full sentence, although it is unlikely that he did, but Brahim should have been in prison until 2019. And even in 2019, Brahim should have been kept under surveillance: a man who would fire an assault rifle at police is not likely after a prison stretch to become a loyal, law abiding citizen. The problem is that in Europe now there are just so many such men that authorities simply do not have the resources to keep tabs on all of them — and that is just the situation that the Islamic State is counting on and hopes to exacerbate until the system finally collapses altogether.
“Both brothers have criminal records, but have not been linked by the police to Islamist militants until now, RTBF said.” This indicates an anxiety on the part of Belgian officials not to appear “Islamophobic.” The fact that they had engaged in any criminal activity at all, particularly firing an assault rifle at police, should have given authorities an inkling that they had contempt for Belgian non-Muslim society, and those authorities should have known that such contempt can be an indication of Islamic supremacism. But such lines of thought are condemned in America and Europe as “Islamophobic.”
“Belgium identifies Brussels airport attackers: media,” Reuters, March 23, 2016:
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The two men who blew themselves up at Brussels airport on Tuesday were brothers known to the police and a third attacker, who is at large, is a known Paris attacks suspect, Belgian media said on Wednesday.
The suicide bombers were named as Khalid and Brahim El Bakraoui and the third man as Najim Laachraoui.
Federal prosecutors declined to comment, but said they would provide information in the course of the morning.
Laachraoui’s DNA had been found in houses used by the Paris attackers last year, prosecutors said on Monday, adding that he had traveled to Hungary in September with Paris attacks prime suspect Salah Abdeslam.
Captured on a security camera photograph at Brussels Airport on Tuesday morning beside the El Bakraoui brothers, Laachraoui did not detonate a bomb and is still at large. A bomb was subsequently destroyed in a controlled explosion….
In the raid, investigators found an Islamic State flag, an assault rifle, detonators and a fingerprint of Abdeslam, who was arrested three days later.
Both brothers have criminal records, but have not been linked by the police to Islamist militants until now, RTBF said.
Brahim El Bakraoui, 30, was convicted in October 2010 for firing a Kalashnikov assault rifle at police and wounding an officer after a robbery in Brussels earlier that year. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.
In 2011, his brother Khalid was given a sentence of five years for car jacking.