ISIS Takes Credit for 'Martyrdom Bombers' in Brussels
The Islamic State has taken responsibility for twin blasts that hit Zaventem airport in Brussels, followed by another explosion an hour later at Maelbeek metro station.
The statement issued by Amaq News Agency, an auxiliary of the Islamic State, even included a dateline indicating the location of the writer: Brussels.
"Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices on Tuesday, targeting an airport and a central metro station in the center of the Belgian capital Brussels, a country participating in the international coalition against the Islamic State," said the statement.
"Islamic State fighters opened fire inside Zaventem Airport, before several of them detonated their explosive belts, as a martyrdom bomber detonated his belt in the Maalbeek metro station. The attack resulted in more than 230 dead and wounded."
The death toll was as high as 34, according to Belgian media reports, with many more injured.
Soon after the Amaq report, ISIS issued another official statement in French and Arabic noting "a secret cell of the soldiers of the Caliphate" targeted "places chosen with precision" in Brussels.
ISIS promised the "Crusader states" even more "dark days in response to their aggression against our state. And what awaits you will be harder and more bitter, with the permission of Allah."
Separately, in a message to ISIS supporters in Belgium, a tech team from the terror group warned "brothers in Belgium" to take care to avoid detection and use encryption if being on the Internet is necessary.