One of the Brussels bombers who killed 32 people on March 22 had previously worked within the European Parliament six years earlier, an EU assembly spokesperson has confirmed.
25-year-old Najim Laachraoui worked as a cleaner in Parliament in 2009 and 2010, just a few years before helping suicide bombers in the Paris attacks last November and then blowing himself up at the Brussels airport attack a few months later.
Curiously, Najim Laachraoui had also taken a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel shortly before the terrorist attacks.
In 2009 and 2010, “one of the perpetrators of the Brussels terrorist attacks worked for a period of one month for a cleaning company which was contracted by the European Parliament at the time,” spokesman Jaume Duch Guillot said in a statement which did not name the individual.
An EU official said the person was Najim Laachraoui, a 25-year-old Belgian who prosecutors said blew himself up in the airport attack and is also suspected of making suicide vests for last November’s Paris attacks in which 130 people died.
At the time of his temporary work in the parliament, he had no criminal record, the parliament’s spokesman said.