Belgian investigators release chilling new CCTV footage of the ‘Man in White’ FLEEING the Brussels bombings that killed 32 people.
Dramatic new CCTV footage emerged today showing the ISIS militant dubbed the ‘Man in White’ fleeing the Brussels bombings that killed 32 people.
Belgian prosecutors released a series of videos, pictures and graphics after painstakingly piecing together the movements of the world’s most wanted man.
They show him leaving Brussels Airport on foot moments before twin blasts killed 16 people in the terminal.
He is then seen walking to the nearby town of Zaventem and then into Brussels as a second blast rocked the city’s Metro station, killing another 16 victims.
They also reveal for the first time that he discarded his infamous white jacket, from which he earned his nickname, and show him talking on a mobile phone moments before he disappeared for good.
Underneath, the fugitive’s shirt appears bright blue with dark patches on the elbows. He was also wearing dark trousers and brown shoes with large white soles.
Belgian authorities are hoping they or someone finds the discarded light-coloured jacket, saying it could yield precious clues.
At a press conference in Brussels today, Federal Prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said authorities were especially appealing to people who might have filmed or photographed the suspect.
He was seen with two suicide bombers who died in the March 22 attacks at the airport.
A subsequent explosion at Brussels’ Maelbeek subway station killed another 16 people the same day.
The first set of CCTV footage shows how he walked calmly out at 7.58am local time, past the Sheraton hotel, across the AVIS rental car park and out of the airport estate as the suicide bombers set off their explosive vests.
His suitcase bomb packed with nails failed to go off. In the chaos he walked through Zaventem city, the suburb around the airport, and dumped his signature bright white jacket.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen it.
At 8.50am, 24 minutes before another suicide bomber killed 16 more people at Maelbeek station, he was filmed on crossroads between Grote Daalstraat and Chaussée de Louvain.
At that moment, he was wearing a bright shirt with rolled-up sleeves. He also appeared to be on the phone.
Police say he then walked up the Chaussée de Louvain up to Meiser crossroads where he was recorded on CCTV footage at 9.42am.
He walked further on the Chaussée de Louvain where he was again filmed at 9.49am, on Avenue de la Brabançonne where he disappeared at the crossroads with the Rue du Noyer at 9.50am.
He has not been seen since then. The jacket he left behind is described as bright white with a hood which is dark inside.
Federal prosecutor Thierry Werts also said there had been many people around the hotel when the suspect walked by who may now be overseas, and asked for their assistance as well.
Prosecutors asked ‘people who might have filmed or taken a photograph of the suspect or think they can provide extra information’ to call a special telephone number or to email authorities.
If you saw the offender while he was on the run or if you know which way he went afterwards, please contact the investigators on 0032 2 554 44 88.