Two days before a pair of bomb blasts killed more than a dozen people and wounded dozens more, Belgian officials warned that the detained Paris terror attack suspect was plotting an attack on the capital.
Salah Abdeslam told investigators he had been planning to target Brussels, said foreign minister Didier Reynders on Sunday.
“He was ready to restart something in Brussels, and it may be the reality because we have found a lot weapons, heavy weapons, in the first investigations and we have found a new network around him him Brussels,” Reynders was quoted in a statement as saying at a panel discussion in Brussels.
At least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport on Tuesday, the federal prosecutor said.
Abdeslam was arrested Friday in Brussels, where his fingerprints were found three days earlier in an apartment.
Abdeslam, born in Brussels, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State militant group, which has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks that killed 130 people in November.