At 8AM, local time, on Tuesday, March 22nd, Brussels was hit by twin terrorist attacks on both the international airport of Zaventem and the city metro. The attack on the airport has been confirmedto be from a suicide bomber. Many European institutions are seated in Brussels.
At the moment of writing, at least 34 were killed and 187 wounded in the attacks. Brussels public transports are shut down for the day, as well as many public institutions and the airport. ISIL is claiming responsibility for the attacks, but this information still need to be confirmed.
The Belgium authorities are deploying the military at the country’s borders. Among the international reactions, France’s president, François Hollande, announced 1600 more police officers would be deployed in the country airports and train stations.
In the United Kingdom,David Cameron also said the police activity will be increased in public spaces. The German airports and public spaces are on high alert, as announced by the German federal police service. This police service is also “intensifying its protective measures on the borders, including the [ones] of the Benelux.”
Finally, it is worth noting that Salah Abdeslam, the brain behind last November Paris attacks, was arrested in Brussels last week. Among the speculations around Brussels attacks, and considering the logistical coordination required for such an attack, some are wondering if this attack was not planned for later, but carried on in precipitations as retaliation against Abdeslam’s arrestation. Such a scenario was cautioned against yesterday by Belgium’s Vice-Prime Minister, Jan Jambon.
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