Brussels Attack: Reports of Suspect's Arrest Spark Confusion

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Bulgaria: Brussels Attack: Reports of Suspect's Arrest Spark Confusion A handout image provided by Belgian Federal Police shows a CCTV grab of one of the three suspects in the Zaventem airport attack in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. EPA/BGNES

Belgian media backtracked after initial reports that Najim Laachraoui, the main surviving suspect sought by police in relation to the deadly attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, has been detained.

Belgian prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw announced on Wednesday afternoon the suspect was still on the run.

Laachraoui is named as the "third man" in a widely circulated photo where two suicide bombers, the El-Bakraoui brothers, who allegedly blew themselves up at Zaventem airport, are the two men dressed in black.

    A handout picture provided by the Belgium Federal Police on March 21, 2016, shows <b>Najim Laachraoui</b>, one of the suspects of the Paris terrorist attacks, on November 13th, 2015. EPA/BGNES

A Belgian news website called DH.be had first reported he had been detained in Anderlecht.

However, Reuters and some local media suggest the man arrested might have been another person.

Earlier on Wednesday Belgian media reported the three names, adding the brothers had been "well-known" to police.

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