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UPDATE Police here today Friday shot a suspect in Tuesday’s suicide bombing attack.The man was shot in the legs as he emerged from an underpass holding a machine gun and a backpack. The man was found in a raid in Shaerbeek. So far six other suspects have been apprehended in the city’s suburbs. Prior to Tuesday’s attacks police here apprehended Paris bombing fugitive Salah Abdeslam who had been hiding in plain sight on March 18.
Brussels, Belgium — Isis has launched yet another terrorist attack on Western civilization. First Paris, now Brussels. Pretty clear they are targeting the strongholds of Western culture.
They make use of disaffected young men who are willing to give their lives to strike down a culture that they don’t understand, are not a part of and want to destroy —or are told to destroy. They will become great martyrs. No, they will just be stupid dead little soldiers in what is turning into a epic struggle between the haves and the have nots.
Tuesday morning suicide bombers attacked the Zaventen airport and set off two bombs that are believed to have killed 11 persons there at about 8 a.m. A third bomb was detonated at the Maelbeek metro station on the rue de la Loi about an hour later. An estimated 20 persons were killed in that attack. Altogether 270 persons were believed injured in the two attacks.
The Brussels airport will remain closed today, Wednesday. The metro system is up and running again at reduced service.
Reportedly a laptop of one of the bombers had a message that said he thought the police were after him and he did not want to go to a cell. Two brothers, Ibrahim and Khalid el-Bakraoui, detonated the bombs at the airport and metro station. A third, Najim Laachraoui, is on the run from police. Police have searched apartments in Brussels suburbs, arrested one person and found a big stash of bomb making materials.
The European Union is expected to meet Thursday morning to review the matter.
ISIS, of course looking for more global media attention, has claimed responsibility for the attack and warns “what is coming is worse and more bitter”.
Information for this article has been drawn from several sources including The Guardian.