I don’t want to say too much about today’s terrorist attack in Brussels, as reports are still pouring in. Separate explosions rocked the city this morning – one at the Malbeek Metro Station, which is less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy, and the other at the Brussels International Airport.
ABC reports at least 28 are dead, and an additional 55 were injured, and the attacks were the likely the result of a suicide bombing.
Reports on the ground say there’s no panic in the streets, but the atmosphere is tense. The subway system has been shut down, and people are being advised not to go to the airport.
The city is not paralyzed, but it’s definitely in shock.
The attack comes on the heels of the arrest of Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam four days ago.
Related? I would think so. I won’t say so definitively, but it certainly sounds like the attacks were coordinated, and the timing is auspicious.
These attacks are becoming all too commonplace in Europe. Just a few days ago four were arrested in Paris for plotting another attack.
Judicial and police officials, who requested anonymity to discuss the detentions, said one of the four was a woman, all were born in France and they were between 21 and 30 years old. A subsequent search found an unused Kalashnikov cartridge, SIM cards, USB cards and a gun for firing blanks.
Two teenage girls were arrested in Paris earlier this month for plotting an attack on a concert hall, and news reports confirm that in the last two years, a high percentage of the recruits for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) coming from France have been girls.
In February, we saw a car bomb attack on Ankara, Turkey, with a Kurdish group claiming responsibility.
There are bad people out there, ladies and gentlemen. There are savages so filled with hatred, that they’re willing to do almost anything, including sacrifice their own lives, to ensure that the objects of their hatred are eradicated from this earth, and I guarantee you it’s just going to get worse.
If you’re the praying sort, pray for the victims, or just send good thoughts out there. But good thoughts and prayers aren’t enough.
Sure there are people who are working overtime to secure our nation. There are professionals working round the clock to track possible dangers. But that doesn’t absolve you of the responsibility of being vigilant. Know your surroundings. Follow your gut. Get informed and learn about possible threats.
It takes tragedy to remind us of the kind of horrors that are possible. Stay safe out there.
UPDATE: CNN reports at least 34 people killed and about 170 more wounded.
UPDATE 2: D’aesh claims responsibility for the attacks.