Brussels attacks: Media quash reports of Laachraoui arrest

Security outside the European Commission building in Brussels, 23 March 2016 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Security has been stepped up round key buildings

Belgian media have retracted reports that a key suspect in the attacks in Brussels has been arrested.

News outlets, quoting judicial sources, had named him as Najim Laachraoui, possibly seen in a CCTV image before the Zaventem airport blasts.

But media later said that a man detained in the district of Anderlecht was not Laachraoui.

Twin explosions at the airport and another at a metro station on Tuesday left about 34 dead and 250 wounded.

Two of the other attackers have been named in Belgian media as the brothers Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui.

Belgium is observing three days of national mourning and held a minute's silence for the victims at midday (11:00 GMT).

So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind the attacks and warned that more would follow.

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