BRUSSELS — Apparently coordinated terrorist explosions rocked Brussels Airport and a metro station Tuesday, leaving at least 26 dead and raising fears that attackers carried out retaliatory strikes after the arrest of a key suspect in last year’s Paris massacres.
The full casualty count remained unclear hours after the attacks, but various Belgian reports and officials said it reached at least 26.
“We are talking about scores of dead,” said Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel without giving clearer estimates after blasts brought down roof panels at the airport’s departure hall and an explosion on the Maelbeek metro platform shrouded it in smoke and littered it with debris.
The death toll is now at 26 with many others wounded. The Belgium terror alert has been raised to maximum level. Bad deja vu. The news continues and will continue throughout the day.
How does any country or locality prevent these kinds of attacks. You can’t be everywhere. In the wee hours of the morning when I first heard this news, I couldn’t make out where the terrorism had happened. I just knew somewhere. (I was too tired and lazy to give it my full attention.) It could have been anywhere. The story doesn’t change. Just the location. Terrorism seems to be spreading around Europe.