Sources Say Past Years Terrorist Attacks Could Be Linked
by Catie Wise on Friday, April 8th, 2016
On Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, several terrorist related bombings occurred in the Belgian capital of Brussels. In both Iraq and Pakistan, recent bombings have also occurred as acts of terrorism. Although over the past couple of years there have been many terrorist attacks, these few recent attacks stand out not only for their deadly outcomes but also for the possible links between them.
In Brussels several bombs were set off in multiple different locations around the city. The first two bombs were located in two separate areas of Zaventem International Airport. According to BBC, “witnesses said people ran from the site of the first blast, only to be caught in the second, near the main entrance.” Roughly an hour later, the third bomb went off at the Maelbeek metro station, located around the center of the city.
“A three-carriage train was just leaving the station in the direction of Arts-Loi, the next stop a short distance away, when the blast happened,” as reported by BBC. Also as stated by BBC, “thirty-five people died in the three explosions or later from their injuries, in addition to the three bombers.” Reportedly, there were many bombers directly involved in the attacks, of which two were brothers; however, Paul Van Tigchelt, a Belgian counterterrorism official, said, “There are still a number of people, possibly involved in the attacks in our country… who still pose a threat.” There is still at least one other suspect on the loose, as of now. According to CNN, “ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.”
On March 27th, 2016, a bomb in Pakistan went off near a park and killed 65 people, injuring an additional 280. According to PressTV, “a faction of Taliban, which calls itself Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the attack.” In a similar way to Pakistan, terrorists also bombed Iraq. The bombing in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, occurred near a soccer stadium on Friday March 25th, 2016. During this attack, 41 people were killed, and another 105 were injured. “The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for that bombing attack,” as reported by PressTV.
Earlier in the year, in November of 2015, the city of Paris was also attacked by terrorists. According to CNN, “terrorists – some with AK-47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them – attacked sites throughout the French capital and at the stadium where [a] soccer match was underway.” Strong links have been established between the bombings in Brussels and the bombings in Paris. In fact, “one of the bombers at the airport [in Brussels] appears to be a man authorities named as a suspect in the Paris terror attacks,” as reported by CNN. In addition, the New York Times stated, “the brothers who carried out Brussels bombings have strong ties to… Paris attackers.” After claiming responsibility for the attacks in Brussels, the Islamic State announced, “we are promising Crusader nations which have aligned themselves against the Islamic State that dark days are coming.” Although the few recent attacks have been deadly, the terrorist attacks do not seem to be ending.
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