Soldiers guard European Commission in Brussels following bombings
Soldiers guard European Commission in Brussels following bombingsReuters

Police in Belgium reported on Wednesday that they had recovered a computer belonging to one of three suicide bombers involved in Tuesday’s deadly attacks in Brussels, AP reported.

The device, which was found in a trash can in the Schaerbeek neighborhood of Brussels, belonged to Ibrahim El Bakraoui, who set off a bomb in the waiting lounge of the Zaventem airport.

At least 12 people were killed in the twin blasts at the airport, which also killed the bombers, Ibrahim El Bakraoui and his brother Khalid.

El Bakraoui had a lengthy police record, but no history of terrorism prior to Tuesday’s attacks.

Belgian media outlets reported that ISIS material was found on El Bakraoui’s computer, bolstering suspicions that they attacks were coordinated by ISIS.

Police released some tantalizing clues found in a note written on the computer shortly before the attacks.

Described as a sort of last will and testament by the terrorist, the document provides further evidence that the terror cell responsible for Tuesday’s attacks in Belgium were linked to the terrorists involved in November’s terror attacks in Paris.

The document, which appears to have been written quickly just prior to the attack, reveals that El Bakraoui feared arrest for his activities, suggesting that ongoing investigations into the Paris attacks were likely to unearth his terror ties.

In the note, El Bakraoui said he was “in a rush, doesn’t know what to do” and that felt “surrounded by all sides.”

Claiming that he was “hunted everywhere”, El Bakraoui wrote that he “doesn’t want to end up in a cell next to him”, an apparent reference to Salah Abdeslam, the terrorist involved in the Paris attacks who evaded police for months.

Abdeslam’s arrest just four days before the Brussels attacks appeared to have triggered El Bakraoui’s fears and may have been the catalyst for Tuesday’s attacks.

Belgian police have called the material on El Bakraoui’s computer “interesting”, and believe there are more suspects still at large.