Updated 1:53AM ET 03.23.2016
Brussels (AP) — Belgian state broadcaster RTBF has identified two of the attackers who targeted Brussels as brothers Khalid and Brahim Bakraoui.
The report Wednesday says the brothers were known to police for past crimes, but nothing relating to terrorism.
REBF says Khalid El Bakraoui had rented an apartment raided by police last week in an operation that led authorities to top Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam.
Updated 4:43pm ET
A sample of the perspective from Islam, a theocratic military political government veiling itself as a religion, not of peace, but of death destruction and pure evil.
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Updated 6:30AM ET 34 Total now confirmed dead in Brussels Belgium Updated 5:49AM ET Excerpt from The New York Times
The attacks, a vivid illustration of the continued threat to Europe, occurred four days after the capture on Friday of Europe’s most wanted man, Salah Abdeslam. Mr. Abdeslam is believed to be the sole survivor of the 10 men who were directly involved in the attacks that killed 130 people in and around Paris on Nov. 13. Mr. Michel issued an extraordinary appeal to the population to “avoid all movement,” as the authorities braced for possible further attacks. The French government ordered 1,600 extra police officers to patrol the nation’s borders, including at train stations, airports and ports. Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain called an emergency meeting of ministers. The attacks put the Belgian capital in a state of virtual lockdown. All flights were canceled for the day. All subway, tram and bus travel was shut down. Eurostar canceled its trains connecting Brussels with Paris and London. Thalys, which runs high-speed trains linking dozens of cities in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, suspended service. Cellphone lines were jammed as panicked travelers and Belgians tried to make calls. The events on Tuesday began with a pair of explosions at a departure hall at Brussels Airport, in the town of Zaventem, about seven miles northeast of the city center, just before 8 a.m. “We were going to check in around 7:30 a.m.,” said one traveler, Ilaria Ruggiano. “There were seven of us. We were a bit late. We heard a big noise and saw a big flash. My mother went to the floor — she was hit. I just dropped my luggage and went to the floor. A kid came out, bleeding a lot. I tried to help him with a tissue, but it was not enough. There were two bombs.”
- Updated 5:23 AM ET 28 now confirmed dead Confirmed ISIS has claimed responsibility for bombings>>>
<blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”> BREAKING: #ISIS claims responsibility for the #BrusselsAttacks which claimed the lives of 28 & injured dozens others pic.twitter.com/iiwnLHuBSP — Israel News Flash (@ILNewsFlash) March 22, 2016
<blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”> NRK just reported in live broadcast that Belgium is increasing security at national nuclear power plants. Yathat would be wise to do.. — Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) March 22, 2016<blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”> Brussels evacuating Royal Park near palace according to Belga — Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) March 22, 2016<blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”> Another blast near the rue de la Loi, Brussels. https://t.co/T080wgpkzy — Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) March 22, 2016
At 8AM Belgium time, Brussels came under Islamic Jihadist attack. Five explosions occurred at multiple locations. Two explosions occurred at Brussels airport and Brussels Metro. At least 23 people have been confirmed dead so far. Multiple injured of unknown count at present. Reports have sited several dozen to up to 1000 injured. Cell phone service in Belgium is saturated and calls are difficult to place. The public in Brussels is told to “shelter in place’ the entire city is on lockdown. Live explosive devices are suspected of being on site in certain Brussels locations. All public is told to “shelter in place.” Prior to attacks Arabic language was heard being shouted and shots heard fired in addition to explosions.
All public transport has been shut down in Belgium.
ISIS is suspected as the alleged Islamic Jihad suicide bombers.
Other cities such as Paris, London and NYC are on high alert. Israel has canceled all plane travel to and from Europe until at least midnight tonight.
This is a fluid developing story we will keep you updated.
M. Katherine Orts reporting for PushBackNow.com & WorldwideBroadcasting.com “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth”