Scenes of chaos, destruction in the wake of Brussels bombing
A wave of terrorist bombings in Brussels on Tuesday rocked the city’s international airport and a subway station, killing at least 31 people in a chilling display of violence for which ISIS claimed responsibility.
The Belgian capital remained on lockdown as officials raised the terror threat level amid attempts to find and identify suspects, including at least two suicide bombers who detonated two of three suitcase bombs at the Brussels Airport, Belgium’s federal prosecutor said. The third did not explode and was destroyed by Belgian authorities.
The blast that ripped through a morning rush-hour subway car less than an hour after the airport attack forced riders to flee in darkened tunnels. Public transportation was shut down and locals were advised to stay indoors amid the mayhem, which saw scores wounded — including several Americans.
World leaders swiftly pledged solidarity with Belgium as the small European nation tried to make sense of the bloodshed.
“What we feared has happened,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told the nation. “In this time of tragedy, this black moment for our country, I appeal to everyone to remain calm but also to show solidarity.”
In the aftermath of the coordinated carnage, anti-terror raids were reported across the country, including one in the Brussels neighborhood of Schaerbeek, where Belgium’s federal prosecutor said an improvised explosive device with nails, chemical products and an ISIS flag were found.
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