US had listed Brussels bombers as threats: report

The United States had raised red flags about two suspects in Tuesday's Brussels terrorist attacks, a new report says.

American counterterrorism officials listed Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui as potential threats before this week's assault, which killed at least 31 people and wounded 300, according to NBC News.


Authorities would not identify which counterterrorism databases the pair appeared in, the report said.

Reports also emerged Thursday that the attackers originally planned on striking the day after Easter. The suspects altered their plot following the arrest of Salah Abdeslam late last week.

Abdeslam was apprehended in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek following a shootout with police on March 18. He is suspected of helping orchestrate attacks in Paris last November.

“He was talking openly to investigators about an attack planned for next Monday,” an unnamed police official said, according to BuzzFeed.

“Now we suspect that when his attorney announced that he was cooperating with police, it was a warning to the rest of the cell to move up the date of the operation. It was almost like [Abdeslam] was bragging to hospital staff and the police about how important he was.”

Khalid El Bakraoui may also have aided in the Paris attacks that killed 130 people last fall, according to reports.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has since claimed responsibility for both assaults.

Belgian authorities believe that Ibrahim El Bakraoui participated in two bombings that targeted Zaventem airport, and that Khalid El Bakraoui targeted a subway station near European Union buildings.