Belgium launches appeal to discover 'man in hat' bombing suspect

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 6:33 PM

Federal prosecutors released new pictures of the suspect, dubbed the "man in the hat", who appeared to come at the airport with two suicide bombers and left along with passengers after the first two bombs exploded.

Belgian prosecutors appealed for assistance in finding a man suspected of leaving a bomb at Brussels Airport on March twenty-two, saying they were anxious to discover a coat he'd discarded and to speak to people who saw him on his hour-long walk back into the city.

Federal prosecutors released new pictures of the suspect, dubbed the "man in the hat", who appeared to come at the airport with two suicide bombers and left along with passengers after the first two bombs exploded.

In a video to accompany their appeal, investigators indicate the route the man took, out of the airport, through the nearby town of Zaventem and along a main road into the city. His latest appearance on security cameras was in the district of Schaerbeek nearly an hr after the bombing.

Along the way, he took off his light-colored coat and was then seen in a light blue shirt with shadowy patches. He was wearing a shadowy hat throughout.

"It's particularly the coat which interests us," prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt told a news conference, asking if anyone might've seen it along the suspect's route.

Prosecutors also wish to people to arrive forward who might've filmed or taken a photograph of the suspect or may be able to define where he went.

Twin bombs at Brussels Airport and another on the city'south metro killed thirty-two people, excluding the suspected bombers. A controlled explosion destroyed a third bomb at the airport about six hours after the initial attack.

(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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