Brother of Brussels bomber will compete for Belgium at Rio Olympics
After winning Europe’s taekwondo championship, Mourad Laachraoui is Rio-bound for the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he’ll represent Belgium.
But that’s just the beginning of this story.
Mourad once had an older brother named Najim Laachraoui. Two months ago, Najim was one of three suicide bombers who attacked the Belgian capital of Brussels and killed 32 victims. Najim also allegedly helped make bombs for last November’s attacks in Paris, which left 130 dead.
Now Mourad is headed to the Olympics.
Thursday night in Montreux, Switzerland, Mourad Laachraoui beat Jesus Tortosa of Spain to win Europe’s taekwondo championship in the 54-kilogram (119-pound) division. Laachraoui’s win qualifies him for this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the AFP reports. Read more…
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