The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing 34 people and injuring over 200 in bombing attacks targeting travelers at Brussels international airport and also a city metro station, according to multiple media news reports.
“We can and we must defeat those who threaten the safety and security of the people in the world,” American President Barack Obama said in Havana before delivering a prepared televised address to the Cuban people. Obama also gave assurances that he United States “stands in solidarity” with the people of Belgium, as quoted by FoxNews. The president was briefed Tuesday morning on the explosions at the Brussels airport and subway system. Obama also spoke with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, and he reportedly sends his condolences.
Secretary of State John Kerry also made a statement on the multiple bombings. Kerry explained that the U.S. has been working “to determine the status of all American citizens in Brussels.” The American embassy there, per the Fox story, has issued a statement telling Americans to stay where they are and “take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security.”
PM calls it ‘blind, violent and cowardly’
The blasts were said to have been detonated “near a Starbucks and several check-in desks,” per the story by writers Simon Tomlinson, Martin Robinson, Julian Robinson, John Stevens and Mark Duell over at the DailyMail. They state that “[it] sent shock waves through the terminal building, shattering windows and knocking roof tiles off the ceiling as terrified passengers ran for their lives. The explosions, coming just four months after the Paris attacks, have left countries around the world reeling, with security services placed on high alert, flights cancelled, Eurostar services suspended and France’s border with Belgium shut down.”
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, quoted in a BBC report, is calling these latest attacks “blind, violent and cowardly.” In another statement, Michel adds that this is “a day of tragedy, a black day.” Meanwhile, he calls for calm and solidarity as Brussels police have also issued “a wanted notice for a man seen pushing a luggage trolley through the airport.” That man apparently has been pictured in some security (CCTV) footage along with “two other suspects who are believed to have died in the blasts.”
Belgian police are asking for help to identify a man seen in the video capture. “He is suspected of being involved in the attacks on the Airport Brussels Airport in Zaventem on 22 March 2016,” the police statement reads. Further on, the translation also reads: “Also, if you have other useful information related to the attacks in Zaventem and Brussels, then the investigators want to know about it.” They assure “discretion” and have a toll-free number, “… please contact the police via the toll-free number 0800 30 300, or “You can also respond via email: email@example.com.”