Over the weekend, Belgian authorities were able to capture Salah Abdeslam, the lone fugitive wanted in connection with the Paris terrorist attacks, which took place November 13, 2015.
Unfortunately, the capture of Abdeslam did not prevent Tuesday’s bombing at a Brussels airport and metro station.
First, here’s a news report showing the aftermath of the attacks via YouTube.
Here are two videos which show the blast from inside the airport. Please be warned, the footage is very disturbing.
The airport attacks happened around 8 am Brussels time, which is 3 am Eastern time in the U.S. Here is a report from BBC News on the attacks.
‘Twin blasts hit Zaventem airport at about 07:00 GMT, killing 11 people.
Another explosion struck Maelbeek metro station near the EU’s headquarters an hour later, leaving a further 20 people dead.
The Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attacks in a statement issued on the IS-linked Amaq agency.
The bombings come four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive in the Paris attacks, was seized in Brussels.
Belgium has raised its terrorism alert to its highest level. Three days of national mourning have been declared.
Prime Minister Charles Michel called the latest attacks “blind, violent and cowardly”, adding: “This is a day of tragedy, a black day… I would like to call on everyone to show calmness and solidarity”.
European Council President Donald Tusk said: “These attacks mark another low by the terrorists in the service of hatred and violence.”
US President Barack Obama called the blasts “outrageous attacks against innocent people”.
The airport and the entire public transport system in Brussels are closed, although some train stations are due to reopen shortly.’
Brussels Airport chief executive Arnaud Feist confirmed the cancellation of all flights to and from the airport. Feist said:
‘On behalf of the entire airport community, I would like to extend our warmest condolences to the family and friends of the victims of these cowardly and heinous acts. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the emergency and rescue services, passengers and staff for their compassion, solidarity and help. This is without doubt the blackest day in the history of Brussels Airport.’
Featured image screengrab via YouTube.