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TERROR ATTACK IN EUROPE: BOMB BLASTS ROCK BRUSSELS AIRPORT; UPDATE: ISIS TO BLAME; ‘LET’S STOP PRETENDING,’ OFFICIAL SAYS UPDATE: 34 DEAD, CNN REPORTS

Posted on | March 22, 2016 | 31 Comments

 

Islamic terrorists struck early Tuesday morning in Europe, as bombs exploded in the Brussels airport. Early reports indicate at least two bombs were used in the attack, which came just days after authorities in Belgium arrested a fugitive sought in the 2015 massacre in Paris.

UPDATE 4:45 a.m. ET: The exact number of killed and wounded in the attack is unknown. CNN’s first online report:

Two explosions occurred at the airport in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday.
Several people were killed, according to the country’s public broadcaster, RTBF. Initial reports say up to 10 people were killed and more than 30 people were injured.
Federal police at the airport at Zaventem told CNN that “there has been an explosion” and “something has happened.”
Dozens of people have been taken on stretchers out of the airport, according to eyewitnesses.

The New York Times reports:

Two explosions killed at least one person and forced the evacuation of Brussels Airport around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the authorities and news reports, halting arrivals and departures.
The sources of the blasts were unclear, as was the number of wounded, though a witness told CNN that he had seen people being taken away on luggage carts, and photographs on social media showed people streaked with blood and soot, looking stunned but conscious.
Other images posted on social media showed smoke rising from the departure hall, where the windows had been blown out, and people running away from the building. Hundreds were herded outside.
“We are trying to know more about what is going on,” said Anke Fransen, a spokeswoman for the airport. “It is certain there are several victims in our departure hall.”

UPDATE 5 a.m. ET: There are also reports early Tuesday of possible attacks on the Metro commuter rail in Brussels. The attacks follow on the arrest Friday of a key suspect in the November attack in Paris:

The arrest of terror suspect Salah Abdeslam resulted in authorities finding a large number of weapons, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said Sunday.
“He was ready to restart something in Brussels,” said Reynders, speaking at the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum. “And it’s maybe the reality because we have found a lot of weapons, heavy weapons, in the first investigations and we have found a new network around him in Brussels.”
The investigation also showed more people were involved in the November 13 Paris attacks than first thought, he said. . . .
His comments were reiterated by Belgian State Security Chief Jaak Raes, who told CNN Belgian affiliate VTM News on Sunday that it was “of the utmost importance that Abdeslam was captured alive, because we can now try to reconstruct the entire scenario.”
That was crucial in order “to see to what extent the intelligence services can learn lessons from the information that is gleaned,” he said.
He warned that the threat posed by ISIS to Europe was far from over, saying: “We know that a number of people are possibly on their way to Western Europe, with the intention of conducting an attack — to, with the ‘jihad mentality,’ do damage to Western democracy. We need to stay very vigilant about that.”
Authorities have said nine terrorists killed 130 people with guns and bombs in Parisian restaurants, shops and a concert venue the night of November 13.

UPDATE 5:50 a.m. ET: The latest news from BBC:

The first set of explosions took place at around 08:00 (07:00 GMT) [3 a.m. EDT] at Zaventum airport.
Some time later, a blast was reported at Maalbeek metro station, close to the city’s EU buildings. . . .
The explosion at Maalbeek station, near the EU institutions in Brussels, at 09:11 (08:11 GMT) [4:11 a.m. EDT] this morning has prompted a shutdown of the entire metro system, and trams and buses are not running either. . . .

  • A French student has tweeted video of people being moved away from Maalbeek station along the metro track.
  • Belgian broadcaster VRT says at least 13 people were killed and 35 were wounded at the airport
  • Shots were heard before the explosions, which appear to have struck near the American Airlines and Brussels Airline check in desk

UPDATE 8:10 a.m. ET: The London Daily Express:

ISIS revenge: Terror group claims
responsibility for Brussels attacks

Reports from Kurdish media said the terror group had admitted being behind today’s strike. . . .
Spanish Foreign Secretary José Manuel García Margallo immediately laid the blame with ISIS — also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh.
He said: “Let’s stop pretending, let’s worry about Daesh, which is the enemy.”
Describing the group as a “terrorist cancer”, he said: “We must be aware that as they are hit in Syria and Iraq, they are going to go elsewhere.
“They have sleeper cells all over the world and Belgium has a very serious problem.”

As of 7:30 a.m. ET, reports indicate at least 15 killed and 55 injured in the Metro bombing. With the 13 reported killed at the airport, that brings the death toll to 28 in Brussels.

UPDATE 10:15 a.m. ET: CNN now reports that the death toll in Brussels is 34, with at least another 170 people injured.

 

Comments

  • Quartermaster

    European Leftards have sown the wind and the harvest is starting to come in. A big question is when it will start here and will it involve Muslim terrorists alone, or have they also enlisted Latin American gangsters to help.

  • WarEagle82

    “The threat is not over.” Is that what some Euro-weenie said?

    Pretty obviously, the threat is just getting started. Do they not have a clue what they have unleashed?

  • Fail Burton

    Any nation which takes in Muslim immigrants in numbers is basically sentencing an unknown number of their citizens to death as a trade-off. But it doesn’t stop there. The entire nation of Spain was cowed into a state of compliance by an act like this, through sheer fear. Security arrangements at the most innocuous events and locations in America have been changed for 15 years now, at the cost of how many millions of dollars. Even our TV programs self-censor out of sheer fear. Since the Mumbai attacks, every mall in India has had a metal detector you must go through. One cannot take photos in their subways. The entire opposite bank of the once free and open river just behind the Taj Mahal has been barb-wired off for hundreds of meters in either direction. Airports throughout the world are drastically changed, at great expense.

    And still we take this sick ideology in. And for what? So no one calls us racists? Exactly what benefit is any nation in the world getting out of this deal? Since when has one’s own citizens become acceptable collateral damage for allowing in unskilled labor which is ideologically opposed to even the least tenet of our Constitution?

    And what do protesters at colleges want? Well, they want to divest Israel. Is it Israel’s fault the West Bank was kept from nationhood the 20 years it was under Jordanian Arab and Muslim control? This is all really very simple: success and failure are easy to spot. Keep in the success, keep out the failure. Forget the cultural relativism, keep your judgment.

  • http://o.com CaptDMO

    I’m thinking it’s a good time to round up a bunch of the wild pig problem in the southern US, and export them to “certain” EU cities.
    Bacon solves EVERYTHING!

  • Quartermaster

    To have a clue would mean they have divest themselves of an ideology they have invested their lives in. They’d rather see terrorism than give up anything so precious as the lie they have created.

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  • marcus tullius cicero

    …repeat after me, “MUSLIMS DO NOT ASSIMILATE!”

  • http://www.thepiratescove.us/ William_Teach

    This was obviously caused by climate change. And you can bet that some will bring my obvious sarcasm to life within the next day or so, when they link climate change to radical terrorism.

  • Fail Burton

    They closed the borders. So you’ll have to stay in Nigeria and make 7 feminist dollars a day plus all the butter you can eat.

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    I got a weird email from our Brussels office manager that the office was locked, now I know why.

    Have leftists started wringing their hands over Muslim backlash yet? I know the blood of the victims isn’t even cold yet, but still.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Well, climate change plus the Tea Party and the NRA.

    Duh.

  • Steve Skubinna

    See, this is what happens when you antagonize those dispossessed widows and orphans simply seeking a better life.

    Ladies, time to get fitted for your hijabs now! Don’t let this happen here!

  • physicsnut

    I said it before —
    Europeans ought to be getting pitchforks, swords, long bows, short bows, sling bows, hatchets, molotov cocktails, rip saws, pruning shears, chain saws, turkey fryers, razors, Flamethrowers, two by fours,
    and scissors ( with bacon )

    They ought to organize an INTERNATIONAL LORENA BOBBITT BRIGADE
    and show a little snip snip snip to the muslim invaders
    it goes around the language barrier

    // on lunacy in SWEDEN – favoring muslims

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thXCb1VUBDg
    // norway too

    // no go in England

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    Today of all days I got a newsletter from TheaterMania advertising “Mosque Alert” which describes the “so-called” Ground Zero Mosque controversy: “This was just a single, high-profile instance of post-9/11 Islamophobia negatively impacting civil rights in America.”

    I unsubscribed on sight.

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  • teapartydoc

    We need to do more rectal exams on old white women in airports or we’ll never be safe.

  • concern00

    It’s funny how countries start to get on board with the “let’s stop pretending” and “time for a tough response” answers, after they’ve been attacked and can no longer cover it up. Meanwhile, the leftist MSM are trotting out the usual islamafauxbia nonsense.

  • concern00

    I think that’s only fair. We wouldn’t want to be guilty of profiling.

  • We’re Toast

    White House releases statement:

    “No one should rush to judgment. We do not know who or why they attacked. This could be a case of workplace violence. Islam is a religion of peace. The Justice Department will vigorously prosecute any anti-muslim actions.”

  • Arizona Gunowner

    Well of course it has already been here, numerous times.

    But it is only going to get worse, much worse.

    stop it now, reverse the Islamization of the US –

    see pedestrianinfidel BlogSpot com 2007 02 proposed-Constitutional-amendment (fill in the dots)

    Article III

    Immediately upon passage of this Amendment all Mosques, schools and Muslim places of worship and religious training are to be closed, converted to other uses, or destroyed. Proceeds from sales of such properties may be distributed to congregations of said places but full disclosure of all proceeds shall be made to an appropriate agency as determined by Congress. No compensation is to be offered by Federal or State agencies for losses on such properties however Federal funding is to be available for the demolishing of said structures if other disposition cannot be made.

    The preaching of Islam in Mosques, Schools, and other venues is prohibited. The subject of Islam may be taught in a post high school academic environment provided that instruction include discussion of Islam’s history of violence, conquest, and its ongoing war on democratic and other non-Islamic values.

    The preaching or advocating of Islamic ideals of world domination, destruction of America and democratic institutions, jihad against Judaism, Christianity and other religions, and advocating the implementation of Sharia law shall in all cases be punishable by fines, imprisonment, deportation, and death as prescribed by Congress. Violent expressions of these and other Muslim goals, or the material support of those both in the United States and around the world who seek to advance these Islamic goals shall be punishable by death.

    Muslims will be denied the opportunity to immigrate to the United States

  • Fail Burton

    Funny how expressions of Nazism are banned at various levels throughout much of Europe and yet they seem to have forgotten the principle of why that is so. There is some magical sheen of protection this ideology gets which is basically tantamount to using cultural relativism to argue the Constitution and Nazism occupy the same philosophical space. It’s just plain bizarre magical thinking.

  • Fail Burton

    Could be cylinders are falling at Woking again. Be on the alert for giant machines walking around on tripod legs.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Since Obama has said that showing our resolve in dealing with ”climate change” will defeat the Islamopithecines you may be on to something.

  • JoKeR

    Based upon the EU’s principles there is a simple solution!

  • Fail Burton

    Being unable to provide the industrial base to even make a safety pin, the Muslims will illegally emigrate to Islamophobiaville and blow things up.

    “We must have our safety pin-space and the full rights you will never have in our land of Christianophileville.”

  • DeadMessenger

    And white patriarchs.

  • DeadMessenger

    BWAHAHAHA!

  • Joe Joe

    That’s because pResident AWOL was doing the wave at a Cuban baseball game.

  • Joe Joe
  • Kirby McCain

    The Islamaphobia awareness raising campaign will begin in 3, 2, 1…

  • RosalindJ

    What the hell? They must be trolling for all the kids who were but four years old on 9/11. And the lefties who have managed to survive themselves into their 70s.