Terror in Belgium


Kate Wasson , Editor-at-Large

Five months ago, it was Paris. Now, Brussels.

Around 8:00 am (12:00 am PST) in Brussels, Belgium on Tues., March 22, 2016, two explosions went off at Zaventem Airport. One of these explosions was a suicide bomb, though the other explosion is being investigated, according to a Belgian prosecutor. By 9:00 am (1:00 am PST) that same morning, another explosion went off, but this time at Maelbeek Metro Station, the center of Brussels. In total 34 were killed while hundreds were left wounded and injured.

At 10am (2:00am PST), the entire city was locked down- all flights grounded and cancelled and all mass transits and shopping centers closed.

“I … I can’t explain. It looked like war,” a survivor recounted.

Belgium federal prosecutor announced that these attacks were, in fact, a terrorist attack lead by ISIS at around 4:00 pm (8:00am PST) Belgium time.

“We are faced with a trial, a hardship, a difficult time and we have to face up to this being united in solidarity …” said Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel.

This act of terrorism is not uncommon. In November of last year, the city of Paris was faced with the same situation. Terrorist groups, such as ISIS, train their members to look for ‘soft targets,’ or areas where people are gathered together in large groups or crowds and are unprotected.

Commonly after a terrorist attack, other people can be “inspired.” This is why, even in the United States, security measures are increased in larger places, such as airports, universities, or arenas.

Though terrorism occurs, the world has shown strong support and solidarity with Brussels, as Prime Minister Michel has requested. Thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by these acts of terrorism and the others that occur throughout our world.