Everything we Know About the Brussels Terror Attack
After two deadly attacks early Tuesday morning the city of Brussels is on lock down and Belgium has raised the terror threat level to maximum.
In the wake of the vicious attack, here’s everything we know so far.
Three bombings at two different locations.
The Brussels Airport in Zaventem and the Maelbeek metro station were the sites of 3 separate explosions. The first 2 took place at the airport and were followed by the explosion at the train station.
Officials have ruled at least one bomb at the airport a suicide bomber.
The death toll is over 30.
As of Tuesday morning, Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur has confirmed that there are at least 20 deaths at the Maelbeek metro station and over 100 people have been injured.
According to the Belgian health minister at least 11 people were killed at the airport and over 80 were injured.
ISIS has claimed responsibility.
According to the SITE Intel Group which monitors jihadi postings, the Islamic state has claimed to have carried out the attack on Belgium because they participated in “the international coalition against the Islamic State.
It’s suspected that the capture of Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the November Paris attacks, fueled Tuesday’s bombings.
There will be 3 official days of national mourning.
Belgium’s Interior Minister Jan Jambon has announced three days of national mourning.
President Obama has offered his support.
President Obama delivered some remarks about Belgium before beginning his address during his visit to Cuba.
“We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsible.” he said.
He continued that the attacks were “yet another reminder that the world must unite. We must be together regardless of nationality, or race, or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism.We can and we will defeat the people who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.”
People are opening their homes to victims.
People in Belgian are using the hashtags #IkWilHelpen and #OpenHouse to offer shelter to fellow victims of the bombing. Stranded victims were even offered rides from drivers and some comfort.
People have made moving tributes to victims.
Chalk messages of peace have covered Bourse Square, which is about nine miles from the airport and 2 miles from the train station where the explosions took place.
Brussels Bourse, chalk messages of hope and life on a dark day. pic.twitter.com/0Ie9OoqndE
— Aoife White (@aoifewhite101) March 22, 2016