Brussels Attacks

Belgian Prime Minister’s Home, Office Found on Bomber’s Laptop

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A laptop computer used by one of the Brussels bombers contained images of the Belgian prime minister's home and office, an official said Wednesday, heightening fears after last week's attacks on the airport and subway system.

The government official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said "it is alarming that they were apparently scouting the terrain" around the lush Royal Park where Prime Minister Charles Michel's office, known as "Le 16," and residence are located.

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Security around Michel has increased since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris and in Brussels last week. Michel also has had several unspecified death threats over the past years, the official said.

A laptop found near the hideout of the suspects in the March 22 airport bombing first gained notoriety because it contained a sort of will in which suicide bomber Ibrahim El Bakraoui he spoke of being "in a haste" and of "no longer know[ing] what to do."

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, right, met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week in Brussels. Andrew Harnik / AP

The computer was also "full of stuff" on many locations around Brussels in information garnered from the Internet, said an official linked to the investigation.

The official, who asked not to be identified because the investigation is ongoing, said that at the moment there were "absolutely no" specific indications that Michel was under threat from the attackers.

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The report was first published by De Tijd and L'Echo newspapers.

In all, 32 people died in the attacks on Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek subway station, and 87 remained in the hospital. Three attackers were killed when their bombs exploded, and police are looking for at least one more suspect.