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Lawyer: Brussels bomber was a jailor for Islamic State group

FILE - This is an  image provided by the Belgian Federal Police on Monday, March 21, 2016, a combo photograph shows Najim Laachraoui, who was previously identified in a false passport as Soufiane Kayal by Belgium Federal Police, during a money transfer on Nov. 17, 2015 in a Western Union bank in the Brussels region of Belgium. The lawyer for two former French hostages says the man who blew himself up at Brussels Airport on March 22 was once a jailor for the Islamic State group. Marie-Laure Ingouf says Najim Laachraoui, who built the explosive belts used in the assaults on both capitals and blew himself up at Brussels Airport on March 22, was one of several jihadis who held the radical Muslim group’s hostages between 2013 and 2014. . (Belgian Federal Police via AP)

FILE - This is an image provided by the Belgian Federal Police on Monday, March 21, 2016, a combo photograph shows Najim Laachraoui, who was previously identified in a false passport as Soufiane Kayal by Belgium Federal Police, during a money transfer on Nov. 17, 2015 in a Western Union bank in the Brussels region of Belgium. The lawyer for two former French hostages says the man who blew himself up at Brussels Airport on March 22 was once a jailor for the Islamic State group. Marie-Laure Ingouf says Najim Laachraoui, who built the explosive belts used in the assaults on both capitals and blew himself up at Brussels Airport on March 22, was one of several jihadis who held the radical Muslim group’s hostages between 2013 and 2014. . (Belgian Federal Police via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The lawyer for two former French hostages says that the man who blew himself up at Brussels Airport on March 22 was once a jailor for the Islamic State group.

Marie-Laure Ingouf says that Najim Laachraoui was "one of the captors" of French journalists Pierre Torres and Nicolas Henin.

Ingouf represents the two journalists who were captured in Syria in 2013. Her statement Thursday partially confirms reports in Le Parisien identifying Laachraoui as a key player in the negotiations during the captivity of Henin, Torres and two other reporters.

Laachraoui is the second European jihadi to be identified as having a past as a warden for IS. Ingouf said that Mehdi Nemmouche, who is accused of a 2014 attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum, worked alongside Laachraoui guarding the hostages.