ISIS Bombs Brussels Airport and Malbeek Metro Station

March 28, 2016 | Brainwave Science

ISIS Bombs Brussels Airport and Malbeek Metro Station
March 28, 2016 | Brainwave Science

ISIS fighters carried out a series of bombings Tuesday, with explosive belts and devices, killing 31 people and wounding 270 others. The blasts were carried out by suicide bombers, targeting the Zaventem airport and the central Maelbeek metro station in the center of the Belgian capital, Brussels.
The terror threat level went up to four—its highest. One suspected bomber successfully fled the premises and is presently being sought by Belgian authorities. “With at least one suspect on the run, the stakes are high,” Belgian counterterrorism official Paul Van Tigchelt said Wednesday. Prime Minister Charles Michel declared three days of national mourning after what he says were probably the most tragic attacks the country has experienced in peacetime.
A key question looms as investigators try to piece together details about the attackers: Were these men acting alone, or were other members of a terror cell supporting them? Two suicide bombers who blew themselves up were brothers, Ibrahim and Khalid El-Bakraoui. Both brothers were known to Belgian authorities as criminals. The Turkish presidency’s office said authorities in Netherlands captured Ibrahim El-Bakraoui in July 2015 and flagged him as a “foreign terrorist fighter” to Belgian authorities, whom responded soon after, saying he had a criminal record but no known ties to terrorism.
If both brothers were already on authorities’ radar, an important question remains: “how did the brothers manage to slip through the cracks and carry out the deadly attacks?”
Authorities have identified Najim Laachraoui, as the suspected bomb-maker in the November attacks in Paris who also played an instrumental role in the recent attacks. Belgium’s foreign minister, Didier Reynders, commented on Salah Abdeslam, one of the terrorists behind the deadly Paris attacks caught on Sunday, “He was ready to start something in Brussels, and it may be the reality because we found a lot of weapons, heavy weapons, in the first investigations and we have found a new network around him in Brussels.” French and Belgian officials said the network behind the Paris attacks was much larger than initially thought—“it’s the same team,” said a French senator, Nathalie Goulet, co-leader of a parliamentary commission on studying Jihadi networks.
Many suspects were arrested and detained in connection with the attacks across Europe, but one man has been charged (Faycal Cheffou) as the third airport bombing suspect. The Brussels mayor, Yvan Mayeur, had warned police several times that he was dangerous and asked him to be detained. Prosecutors, however, reportedly refused.
For counterterrorism agencies, the aim is to get information fast enough to mount raids and detain suspects before they even have time to figure out who among them has been picked up and who might have talked, let alone plan a new strike. Analysts say that the terror threat in Europe is at as high a level as it’s ever been, with Spain, France, UK, Germany, Turkey being the highest. European counterterrorism and counterintelligence organizations fully understand the threat encircling around their homeland. What they don’t know and what is extremely difficult to know is how exactly an attack will be carried out.
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