The Islamic State claims responsibility for the terror attacks in Brussels
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
In a statement released by its news agency, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terror attacks in Brussels. The attacks resulted in 30 dead and 230 injured people according to the latest report from the Crisis Centre in Brussels.
The Islamic State states that many of its “fighters” opened fire at the airport in Zaventem before exploding their bomb belts and that another one detonated his bomb belt in the Maelbeek metro station.
In the statement, the Islamic state referred to Belgium’s participation in the international coalition against them.
An official of the European Commission told The Brussels Times that the attacks show the vulnerability of the open society. “You cannot protect yourself against people who abuse democracy and freedom,” he said.
He added that in Brussels we are probably talking about home-grown terrorists which have become radicalized under the radar of the local police. It is too early to speculate about the link with the person who was arrested last Friday in Brussels for his involvement in the terror attacks in Paris.