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Brussels Attacks: Suicide Bombers Were Brothers, Sources Say

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Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraou are seen dressed in black at Brussels Airport on Tuesday along with suspect Najim Laachraoui, right, who remains on the run. Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraou are seen dressed in black at Brussels Airport on Tuesday along with suspect Najim Laachraoui, right, who remains on the run.

BRUSSELS — Two brothers were identified by police sources early Wednesday as the suicide bombers behind the Brussels terror attacks as the search for an on-the-run suspect intensified.

Khalid El Bakraoui, 27, and 30-year-old sibling Ibrahim blew themselves up on Tuesday morning. Both had been convicted of violent crimes in the past and had links to one of the Paris attackers.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the trio of bombings at the airport and in the city's subway on Tuesday, which killed more than 30 people and injured at least 260 others.

In 2010, Ibrahim El Bakraoui was sentenced to 9 years in prison for shooting at police with an assault rifle during a robbery.

Khalid El Bakraoui was arrested for possession of Kalashnikovs in 2011 and had been sentenced to 5 years in prison for "carjackings." He had lived at an apartment in the Forest neighborhood which was the scene of a deadly shootout with police on March 15 during a raid linked to the Paris attacks, according to reports by RTBF and the Belga news agency.

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