The city of Brussels in Belgium was rocked by a series of explosions that left 35 people dead and more than 200 people wounded. The explosions took place in Brussels airport and a metro train on Tuesday.
Reports indicate that two huge explosions were heard one of which is believed to been a suicide bombing which saw the check-in section of Zaventem Airport flowing with blood and dead bodies lying everywhere.
A Spokesman for the Brussels Fire brigade reported that at least 14 people died from the airport blasts while 20 died in the metro station explosions.
The Islamic State known also known as Isis claimed responsibility for the attack, coming just months after 130 people were killed in Paris also by IS militants. As a result, the continent’s ability to cope with the ISIS threat is being questioned considering that the attacks took place in what should be high security priority areas.
It is also noteworthy that the attacks came just after 4 days after the arrest of Salah Abdesalm in Brussels who was the main suspect for the Paris attacks.
Abdeslam who was subsequently, Europe’s most wanted man apparently told reporters that he was planning another attack on Belgium.
The Amac news agency, an online news sources with links to Isis confirmed that the group was behind the attacks. Its report stated that explosive belts and devices were used in the attack and seemed to justify its attack on Belgium because of their membership of the international coalition against the Islamic State.
The attacks lead to the cancellation of hundreds of flights and trains and heightened security across Europe.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, described the attacks as “cowardly” and “violent”. He said it was a day of tragedy and a national mourning of 3 days was announced by his spokesman.
The third explosion was heard shortly after the airport blasts at Maalbeek metro station in the city center during the early morning rush hour.
Security officials revealed video camera footage showing three unidentified male suspects going past the check-in area.
It was also reported that a third bomb failed to explode at the airport.
Belgium which is home to the NATO Headquarters and is the EU’s institutional capital which perhaps makes it a symbolic target against the whole of Europe. Leaders across Europe and the world condemned the attacks urging closer counter-terrorism cooperation.