Brussels, a place occupied by more than a million residents was shaken with seven bombings consecutively on Tuesday. Here is what you need to know about them,
Two explosions caused by a suicide attack in the departure hall at Zaventem Airport in Brussels just before 7:59 a.m. local time (3 a.m. EDT) on Tuesday. At least 10 people died and dozens more were wounded in the twin bombings, officials said.
A little more than an hour later, a third explosion at the Maelbeek metro station. It was not far from several European Union institutions. The explosion killed another 20 people. In total, approximately 260 people were wounded, officials said.
The question arises here, why Brussels? The capital of Belgium is home to the European Union Council, European Commission, European Parliament, and NATO. Brussels is in many ways regarded as the Washington, DC, of Europe.
And since the November 13 Paris attacks, which resulted in the deaths of 130 people and were carried out by ISIS-affiliated attackers, Brussels has been a focal point in counterterrorism investigations.
It came days after new developments in connection with a prime suspect in the Paris attacks. After the attacks in the French capital, European authorities launched an international manhunt for Salah Abdeslam, who fled to Belgium after the massacre. Abdeslam, the most wanted man in Europe, was wounded and detained during a police raid in the Molenbeek district of Brussels on March 18.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks. A few hours after the explosions and four days after Abdeslam’s arrest, ISIS claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks.