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Muslim Savages Murder 34 Wound Over 200 People In Brussels Terror Attacks In Subway Station And Airport

March 22, 2016

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34 killed in Brussels bombings in airport, subway stations

Arutz Sheva Staff


The Zaventem airport in Brussels was rocked by at least two explosions early on Tuesday morning. At least 14 people were killed in the attack on Zaventem airport, with some 90 people wounded.

A ceiling in the airport collapsed in the wake of the explosion, trapping dozens of travelers and complicating efforts to recover victims of the attack.

London-based Sky News has reported that at least one of the explosions was a suicide bombing.

The blasts reportedly occurred in the departures lounge and near the American Airlines desk. These reports have yet to be confirmed by an official source.

Just an hour after explosions rocked the Zaventem airport the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels was hit by an explosion.

The metro station bombing left at least 20 dead and 60 wounded, bringing the total death toll in Belgium to 34.

The metro bombing took place just a few hundred yards away from the seat of the European Union government.

A Brussels police spokesperson has stated that deaths were also reported at a nearby police station. It is unclear if these casualties are victims of the Maalbeek metro bombing or are from yet another attack.

Travelers are being evacuated and the airport is now on lockdown. The Brussels metro system has now been shut down, leaving thousands of desperate travelers stranded at the bombed Zaventem airport.

Witnesses reported that gun shots were fired prior to the airport bombings, accompanied by shouting in Arabic.

One Israeli was wounded in the attacks. The Foreign Ministry is currently investigating whether any other Israelis were injured in the explosions.

Following the attacks, the Belgian Interior Minister has raised the country's terror threat indicator to its highest level.

The bombings come just four days after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam in Belgium. Abdeslam is believed to have played a key role in organizing last year's Paris terror attacks.


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Survivors reveal gruesome horrors of Brussels bombings

Arutz Sheva Staff

Victims lay in pools of blood, their limbs blown off, as the smoke cleared to reveal scenes of horror after twin explosions ripped through the main terminal at Brussels airport, witnesses told AFP.

The normally-bustling check-in hall at Zaventem Airport was wrecked by the morning rush-hour blasts claimed by Islamic State (ISIS), with part of the ceiling collapsing near the airline desks and many of the huge plate-glass windows blown out.

"A man shouted a few words in Arabic and then I heard a huge blast," airport baggage security officer Alphonse Lyoura told AFP, with blood still on his hands.

There was another explosion about two minutes later.

"It was total panic everywhere...I saw people lying on the ground covered in blood who were not moving," Lyoura said.

"At least six or seven people's legs were totally crushed. A lot of people lost limbs. One man had lost both legs and there was a policeman with a totally mangled leg."

Emergency services said 14 people were murdered at the airport, with more than 90 injured.

Shortly afterwards, another explosion ripped through a train at Maalbeek metro station, murdering around 20 others, and wounding more than 100 people.

The city was already on high alert following Friday's arrest of Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the November ISIS attacks on Paris in which the terrorists murdered 130.

"Total confusion"

Brussels-based Briton Julian Firkins, 44, was in the departure terminal with his partner close to where the first bomb went off.

"We had been waiting in line when I decided to get a tea. Literally five seconds after I left, the first bomb went off right next to us," Firkins said.

He ran back to his girlfriend just as the second blast rocked the hall, wreaking further carnage which they miraculously escaped.

Michel Mpoy, 65, who was at the airport to pick up a friend arriving from Kinshasa, said it was "a total mess - it was terrible."

Another person waiting at the airport was Jean-Pierre Herman who had just met his wife off a flight from Thailand.

"I said 'hello,' we took the elevator and in the elevator we heard the first bomb," he said. "The second exploded just when we got off. We ran away to an emergency exit. I think we are very lucky."

Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, a British journalist living in Brussels, told AFP there had been "total confusion" at the airport, where she was having breakfast before a flight.

"Suddenly staff rushed in and said we have to leave," she said. "Nobody knew what was going on. It was total confusion, people were just standing around wondering what was happening."

Grisly injuries

In the city, AFP journalist Lachlan Carmichael was on the metro when his train was halted in the tunnel after he and the other passengers felt a shock wave from the explosion a hundred or so meters down the line at Maalbeek.

Train staff said there had been an explosion ahead and evacuated the train as it began filling up with smoke, with passengers getting out onto the tracks whose power lines had been switched off.

Another AFP journalist, Cedric Simon, said saw clouds of smoke and dust coming out of Maalbeek station and about 15 people lying by the road, many with bloodied faces who were being treated by medical staff.

The Thon Hotel opposite the station was turned into a makeshift hospital with medics treating about 40 wounded people, general manager Hans Van der Biesen told AFP.

"I saw one person with his leg completely ripped apart. Then there was another person whose head was completely bloody," said Maya Halaoui, a Belgian woman of Lebanese origin who had been in a business meeting at the hotel.

The streets were filled with police cars and emergency vehicles, sirens wailing and blue lights flashing.

Brussels has been on high alert since January 2015 when jihadists stormed the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly and a Jewish supermarket, murdering 17, with heavily-armed police and then troops deployed on the streets.

Security was further hiked after the November attacks on the French capital, which were hatched by jihadists in Brussels.

AFP contributed to this report



Belgian Attacks Horrific, But Expected

by IPT News Mar 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

As shocking as this morning's simultaneous terror attacks at Belgium's airport and in its Metro system may be, they show the disturbing depth of the terrorist infrastructure which was allowed to take root in the European Union capital's back yard.

A series of police actions reportedly are underway targeting elements of that infrastructure. It's a safe bet that some of those raids will be in Molenbeek, a Brussels suburb.

It has been dubbed "Europe's terrorism capital." Saleh Abdeslam, the key surviving player in November's horrific attacks in Paris, was arrested in Molenbeek Friday. Police were thanked by a hail of bottles, stones and other debris by locals more loyal to the terrorist than the land that gave them refuge.

Authorities "don't have control of the situation in Molenbeek at present" and said the authorities needed to "clean up" the area, said Interior Minister Jan Jambon.

In raids last week, authorities found an ISIS flag, a book about Salafism, a sizable cache of weapons, indicating more attacks were in the works. They just didn't realize how close to completion those plans were.

The Paris attacks were planned in Molenbeek three of the attackers grew up there and the resulting investigation last November prompted officials to place the entire country on lockdown, fearing attacks like Tuesday's in Brussels were imminent.

"We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened," Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium said Tuesday.

Belgian Muslims have left Europe to join the Islamic State in greater numbers per capita than any other country. It is so pervasive, Buzzfeed reports, that Belgian law enforcement admits being overwhelmed by the volume of open terrorism investigations.

Their challenge is compounded by the depth of Islamist radicalization which has taken root in Molenbeek, as Friday's violent reaction to Abdeslam's arrest shows.

"There is a sort of clannishness in the area that is stronger than anything else," Claude Moniquet, a former intelligence agent now with the European Centre for Strategic Intelligence and Security in Brussels, told London's Telegraph.



Paris terrorist got most help from neighbors, not ISIS
Arutz Sheva Staff

Belgian authorities say that Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect from November's ISIS attack in Paris, received more help from his friends and neighbors than from ISIS, Reuters reports.

"Abdeslam relied on a large network of friends and relatives that already existed for drug dealing and petty crime to keep him in hiding," federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw told the RTBF television station. "This was about the solidarity of neighbors, families."

The mistaken expectation that he would turn to the terror group for help may have delayed his capture, as security forces believed him to be in Turkey, Morocco or Syria. Instead, he was ultimately found near his parents' home last Friday.

It is suspected that Abdeslam built up his connections through the bar he ran. The bar became a popular social alternative to mosques for local Arab men.

Two of the people he knew through the bar brought Abdeslam back to Brussels after the attack, while others helped him move between safe houses in the Molenbeek municipality. Newspaper La Libre Belgique reports that many of these supporters and accomplices had no clear ties to terror groups, further hindering police efforts.

Reuters found that most local residents closed ranks when asked about Abdeslam. One, though, warned that the neighborhood still houses a number of radicals. "It's not over. There are a lot of them," he warned.

So far, over 300 Belgians have joined militant groups in Syria and Iraq. This is the highest amount per capita out of any European country.



Brussels, Europe's jihadist breeding ground, now itself a target

Arutz Sheva Staff

Brussels has become infamous as a hotbed of Islamic extremism because of links to a series of recent attacks in Europe, and now the Belgian capital itself has suffered the worst ever terror attack in its history.

The Islamic State (ISIS) attacks on the Brussels airport and metro system in which terrorists murdered around 35 people on Tuesday came just days after Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in November's ISIS Paris attacks, was captured in the city after four months on the run.

A large and often poorly integrated Muslim population with high levels of unemployment and crime - especially in the gritty district of Molenbeek where Abdeslam was found near his family home - has created a breeding ground for extremism.

Analysts say that has metastized into a dedicated terror network in Belgium as many hardened jihadists return from fighting in Syria with ISIS and other extremist groups.

"It is very likely that this attack will have been planned and prepared well in advance of last week's arrest of Salah Abdeslam, one of the central figures in the Paris attacks from last November," said Shiraz Maher, Senior Fellow at International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR), King's College London, told AFP.

"It therefore points to the existence of a broad and sophisticated terrorist network in Belgium, that extends beyond the one which attacked France last year," he added.

He added: "Our research shows that, per capita, Belgium has the highest number of foreign fighters in Syria of any European country. More than twice as many have gone from there as from France, and more than four times as many as from Britain."

"We feared a terror attack"

Molenbeek has been in the eye of the storm since it emerged that it was home to core members of the Paris attack squad.

Police arrested Abdeslam on Friday just a block from the family home in Molenbeek, a district where he once ran a bar with his brother Brahim - who blew himself up during the attacks in the French capital in November.

The suspected Paris ringleader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, also hailed from Molenbeek and was a friend of Salah Abdeslam.

As far back as 2001, it was in Molenbeek where the assassins of Afghanistan's anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud had stayed.

It was also home to one of the 2004 Madrid train bombers and the main suspect in the 2014 Jewish Museum attack in Brussels, while the perpetrator of a foiled attack in August on an Amsterdam-Paris train stayed in Molenbeek with his sister before boarding in Brussels.

But it is the sheer size of the network in Belgium that has emerged since the Paris attacks which has most alarmed officials.

Not only was Abdeslam allegedly helped by several people after fleeing back to Brussels after the attacks, but the Paris cell had rented at least three properties around the country which were used to prepare the attacks.

In the days after Abdeslam's arrest, Belgian authorities feared that a terror plot was afoot.

"He was ready to restart something in Brussels, and it may be the reality because we have found a lot of weapons, heavy weapons, in the first investigations and we have found a new network around him in Brussels," Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said on Sunday.

Alarmingly, prosecutors said on Monday that two bomb detonators were also found in a Brussels apartment raided last week.

A grim-faced Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Tuesday: "We feared a terror attack and it happened."

AFP contributed to this report



ISIS takes responsibility for Brussels slaughter

Ari Yashar

Members of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the series of bombings in Brussels on Tuesday, in which at least 34 victims were murdered and 186 more were wounded.

ISIS took responsibility for the bombings through a news website affiliated with it, as cited by Reuters.

The attack would mark the latest in a series of high-profile attacks on European soil by the jihadist group; last November ISIS launched a series of six coordinated attacks in Paris which left 130 people murdered.

Security forces continue to work to hunt down the suspects involved in Tuesday's attacks.

Those attacks included two explosions in the Zaventem Airport, where at least 14 were murdered and some 90 wounded. A ceiling in the airport collapsed in the wake of the explosion, trapping dozens of travelers and complicating efforts to recover victims of the attack.

Just an hour after explosions rocked the airport the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels was hit by an explosion, leaving at least 20 murdered and 60 wounded. The metro bombing took place just a few hundred yards away from the seat of the European Union government.

Belgium has announced three days of mourning in the wake of the attacks


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