Brussels, 22 March 2016 – Belgium is under highest alert level after Brussels terror attacks
• ISIS claims credit for today’s terror attacks in Brussels, which left more than 30 dead and 200 injured.
• A few days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam, two explosions hit Zaventem airport at about 07:00 GMT, and a third one struck Maelbeek metro station near the European Union headquarters an hour later.
• Two brothers, Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui, have been identified as the Maelbeek metro suicide bombers. Najim Laachraoui, 24, who is believed to have prepared explosives for the November Paris attacks was one of two suicide bombers at Brussels Airport. The last suspect (white jacket on the right) is still on the run. He left a large quantity of explosives at the airport in a backpack, but they never detonated.
• The Belgian prime minister Charles Michel, described today as a “black day” for Belgium, saying: “What we feared has happened.” He declared three days of national mourning.
• Paris and Berlin stand with Brussels: The Eiffel Tower and the Brandenburg Gate turn red, yellow and black (see pictures)
• President Obama said “[…] we stand in solidarity with [the people of Belgium] in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people. […] This is 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.”