Brussels attacker ‘used Inter Milan footballer’s ID’

Khalid el-Bakraoui, one of the suicide bombers who carried out attacks in Brussels last Tuesday, used the identity card of a former Inter Milan footballer to rent an apartment, Italian media reported.

Brussels attacker 'used Inter Milan footballer’s ID'
Khalid El-Bakraoui detonated explosives at Maelbeek metro station in Brussels. Photo: Laurie Deiffembacq/Belga/AFP

Sky TG24 reported that el-Bakroui, who set of explosives at Maelbeek metro station, used identity documents belonging to 27-year-old footballer Ibrahim Maaroufi, who was born in Belgium, to rent an apartment in Paris, which is believed to have housed some of the assailants involved in the November attacks.

El-Bakraoui is also reported to have travelled to Athens from Venice's Marco Polo airport on July 24th. 

Salah Abdeslam, the Paris attacks suspect arrested in Brussels days before the city came under attack, is also said to have travelled to Greece via Italy during the same period.

El-Bakraoui flew to the northern Italian city of Treviso from Brussels on July 23rd. The ticket for the Ryanair flight was bought by another man, Abderahman Benamor, and paid for with a credit card, Sky TG24 reported. El-Bakraoui, who left Greece from Venice the next day, travelled using a Belgian document. 

Maaroufi, who is of Moroccan origin, played for Inter between 2006 and 2009, before being sold to another Italian team, Vicenza.

He came back to Italy for a year in 2014 to play for Paganese Calcio, before returning to Belgium in December to join Schaerbeek Football Club.


Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.