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Brussels rocked by terror blasts, about 30 believed dead
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Brussels rocked by terror blasts, about 30 believed dead

Three suicide bombers blew themselves up in Brussels on Tuesday in the worst terror attack to hit Europe since the Islamic State-organized terror attacks in Paris last November.

Two suicide bombers detonated themselves at the Brussels Zaventem airport, and a third detonated his bomb at the Maelbeek subway station, killing—according to various reports—an estimated 30 people and injuring as many as 130.

No group such as the Islamic State has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Belgian Belga news agency reported that shouts in Arabic were heard before some of the explosions, according to the BBC. Supporters of the Islamic State have also been celebrating the attacks by tweeting Allahu Akbar after each attack, and with the hashtag #Brusselsisonfire.

At least one Israeli is reported to be among the wounded. Yisroel Yaakov Yeret, another Israeli and a volunteer for the Israeli emergency response service United Hatzalah, was at the Brussels airport at the time of the attack.

“At the time of the explosion I was praying at the Synagogue in the airport,” said Yeret. “We felt the explosion. We exited the synagogue in order to see what was happening and we joined the stream of the multitude of people who were being ushered by the police to exit the terminal.”

The latest terror attacks in Brussels occurred just four days after Belgian authorities had captured Salah Abdeslam, the only terrorist who survived the Paris attacks on Nov. 13, 2015. Some European officials had warned that further attacks in retaliation to his arrest could occur.

“This is yet another shocking, appalling, and deadly attack on innocent Europeans by terrorists,” said Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress. “These attacks on an airport, train system, and outside European Union institutions are shots at the heart of Europe. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Belgian people at these difficult times.”

Kantor also warned that “we can no longer ignore the fact that radical Islamists are at war with Europe and all Europeans and we call on our governments and law enforcement agencies to act accordingly.”

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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