Belgium Terror Attacks: ISIS Claims Responsibility
On March 23rd, Belgium became the second target of the ISIS terrorist attacks after Paris on November 13th, 2015. Brussels Airport was bombed two times and Maelbeek Metro Station was bombed a third time at around 8 AM, local time. There were a total of 34 casualties and 271 people were injured as well.
ISIS claimed credit for these attacks, and there was video footage of the bombings. At the airport, three men were shown, two of whom were identified as brothers: Khalid El Bakraoui and Brahim El Bakraoui, both from Brussels. They both have a criminal record of organized crime. Their accomplice has not yet been identified, but is believed to be a guide who provided it possible for the other two to carry out the attacks. No evidence yet shows the metro station suspects.
The international community was only mildly surprised at these attacks, however, seeing how Belgium was predicted as the next target after the Paris attacks. Belgium has the highest number of foreign fighters who joined ISIS and other terrorist formations in Europe, which has been a great concern for counterterrorism over the past few years. What with recent raids and the capture of main Paris attack suspect Saleh Abdeslam, it was only a matter of time before Belgium was put under attack.
U.S. President Barack Obama commented that the U.S. would stand behind and support Belgium, and that this act of terrorism was another reminder that the world must unite, regardless of nationality or race or faith. U.S. Republic presidential candidate Donald Trump insisted that laws ought to be changed and that ISIS must be met with much more brutal treatment, including the torture of the captives. Hillary Clinton of the Democratic party vowed that these terrorist attacks would only empower democracy, and that they would only resolve the world’s resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and racial jihadism around the world.
Respects are being paid around the world for the victims of March 22nd, Belgium.