Reading Risk: Understanding Belgium's Security Failures
Belgian authorities have identified three suspects believed to be involved in the deadly terrorist attacks carried out in Brussels on Tuesday.
The violent onslaught left 30 people dead, and over 200 injured. The first phase of the coordinated attacks occurred in the departure terminal at Zaventem Airport in Brussels — two bombs, one believed to be hidden in luggage, the other on a suicide bomber, went off in succession around 8:00 AM local time. An hour later, another bomb went off at the Maelbeek train station just seven miles away.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. An ISIS flag, as well as a nail bomb, were found early on in the investigation into the attacks. But Belgian prosecutors have hesitated connecting yesterday's events to the ISIS cell in the Brussels neighborhood of Mollenbeek that was responsible for the Paris attacks.
It's "still too early to make a direct connection between the attacks in Paris and today's attacks," authorities say.