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EgyptAir: We Found Wreckage

Egyptian official believes it's more likely crash was from terrorism than from malfunction

(Newser) - Debris from EgyptAir Flight 804 has been found in the waters near Greece's Karpathos Island, ABC News reports via a statement from the airline. The country's Ministry of Civil Aviation was sent an official letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirming the find; EgyptAir says family members... More »

Professor Doing Math on Plane Reported as Possible Terrorist

The flight was delayed for an investigation

(Newser) - An Ivy League professor says his flight was delayed because a fellow passenger thought the equations he was writing might be a sign he was a terrorist, the AP reports. American Airlines confirms that a woman expressed suspicions about University of Pennsylvania economics professor Guido Menzio then said she was... More »

How Two Women Decided the Fate of Paris Attack's Mastermind

Abdelhamid Abaaoud relied on his cousin for help

(Newser) - The mastermind of the Paris attacks was nearly saved by one woman and had his fate sealed by another, the Washington Post reports. Documents from French investigators show that terrorist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 28, turned to these women for help two days after the November attacks—and while one did help,... More »

Prosecutor: Man Admits to Being 'Man in Hat' at Airport Bombing

Mohamed Abrini was charged Saturday

(Newser) - Mohamed Abrini, who was arrested Friday in Brussels , reportedly confessed Saturday to being the "man in the hat" long sought by authorities in connection with the attacks that killed 32 people in March, ABC News reports. According to the BBC , a federal prosecutor says the 31-year-old Belgian admitted to... More »

At Least 22 More Suspects Tied to Terror Attacks

'Extensive' terror network that planned Paris, Brussels attacks run out of Belgian district

(Newser) - At least two dozen young Islamic radicals linked to the Paris and Brussels attacks are still on the loose, with investigators trying to penetrate the "extensive web" that may be planning more attacks, a Wall Street Journal investigation finds. Scouring court documents and interviews, the paper finds many of... More »

Undercover Cops Tricked Terror Suspect Out of His Phone

It was used to convict him Friday

(Newser) - British police went undercover to trick a 25-year-old delivery driver into giving them his cellphone, leading to his conviction on terrorism charges Friday, CNN reports. Back in July, undercover officers posing as company managers showed up at Junead Khan's workplace and asked to see his work records. When they... More »

Brussels Airport Will Partially Reopen Sunday

'This is a sign of hope'

(Newser) - Twelve days after suicide bombs killed 16 people there, the Brussels Airport will reopen—at least partially—on Sunday, Reuters reports. Brussels Airlines will fly three flights—to Greece, Italy, and Portugal—out of the airport that day. "A restart of the operations, even only partially, as quick as... More »

Obama: ISIS Getting a Nuke 'Would Change Our World'

Obama asked world leaders to tighten security on nuclear materials

(Newser) - At a nuclear summit attended by more than 50 world leaders Friday in Washington DC, President Obama called the possibility of ISIS getting its hands on a nuclear weapon "one of the greatest threats to global security," the BBC reports. “There is no doubt that if these... More »

Most Americans OK With Torturing Terror Suspects: Poll

One party stands behind it more than the other

(Newser) - Donald Trump made some waves in early March when he made pro-torture statements at a GOP debate (he walked that back somewhat the next day). But he likely wouldn't have offended a good number of Americans, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll . Per the poll of nearly 2,000... More »

Amid Easter Joy, Pope Laments 'Blind, Brutal Terrorism'

Francis mingles with crowds at Vatican, despite threats

(Newser) - Pope Francis tempered his Easter Sunday message of Christian hope with a denunciation of "blind" terrorism, recalling victims of attacks in Europe, Africa, and elsewhere, as well as expressing dismay that people fleeing war or poverty are being denied welcome as European countries squabble over the refugee crisis. Tens... More »

17 Children Killed in Suicide Bombing at Soccer Tournament

At least 32 people total were killed during awards ceremony

(Newser) - At least 32 people were killed—more than half of them boys between the ages of 10 and 16—when a suicide bomber blew himself up at an amateur soccer tournament Friday in Iraq, AFP reports. Officials were handing out trophies to players following the tournament outside the town of... More »

Dogs May Be Our Best Defense Against Suicide Bombings

(Newser) - Even in an era of high-tech crime-fighting, the best line of defense against a Brussels-style attack on airports and subways has four legs and a tail. The AP reports that dogs, with their exquisitely sensitive noses, have been trained in recent years to pick up the scent of explosives on... More »

Brussels Suicide Bomber Made Bombs for Paris Attacks

Officials had just asked for help finding him

(Newser) - One of the two suicide bombers that killed at least 30 people at the Brussels airport Tuesday was the same man who made two of the bombs used in the terrorist attacks on Paris in November, authorities confirmed Friday. The New York Times identified the man as 24-year-old Belgian citizen... More »

Families Say 4 Americans Are Missing From Brussels Airport

A married couple who moved there in 2014 and siblings from New York

(Newser) - Four Americans believed to have been at the Brussels airport on Tuesday remain missing more than 24 hours after the deadly terrorist attack there, according to their families. Married couple Justin and Stephanie Shults, from Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively, moved to Brussels for work in 2014, the AP reports. According... More »

What's Behind the Phenomenon of Brother Terrorists?

Genetics, upbringing likely play a role

(Newser) - Two of the suicide bombers in the Brussels attacks were brothers , which leads Discovery to ask: Why is it relatively common for sets of brothers to become terrorists? The Tsarnaev brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing and the Kouachi brothers in the Charlie Hebdo attack are two recent examples, but... More »

Twin Girls, 3, Survived Airport Blast. Their Mom Didn't

Adelma Tapia Ruiz is one of the first Brussels victims to be named

(Newser) - No Brussels victim's story will be anything less than a tragedy, as the first publicly confirmed casualty—Adelma Tapia Ruiz—demonstrates. A native of Peru, the 36-year-old had called Brussels home for the past nine years and was headed to New York to visit family when the bombs detonated... More »

Brussels Death Toll Hits 34 as ISIS Warns of 'Dark Days'

'What is coming is worse and more bitter'

(Newser) - A Belgian security official says the death toll has risen to 34 in Tuesday's attacks on the Brussels airport and a subway station, the AP reports. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because precise numbers were expected to be announced early Wednesday. Meanwhile, ISIS has issued an updated... More »

Cruz's Call for Patrols of Muslim Neighborhoods Condemned

'Ted Cruz is a disgrace'

(Newser) - Ted Cruz's response to the deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday has drawn heavy criticism. The Republican presidential candidate said the US needs "to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods" in order to avoid similar attacks here, the New York Times reports. According to Politico , a Cruz spokesperson... More »

Quite Simply, Why Brussels?

Looking at the factors that brought us to Tuesday's attacks

(Newser) - They are the two words headlining article after article: "Why Brussels?" The question isn't isolated to Tuesday's attacks , but a more overarching one reflective of Belgium's emergence as a European terror hub, though at the Independent , John Lichfield writes that until Tuesday, the country has been... More »

ISIS: We Attacked Brussels

'Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts'

(Newser) - ISIS on Tuesday claimed credit for the Belgium attacks by way of its Amaq News Agency. Rita Katz, director of SITE Intelligence Group, tweeted a statement from the agency that reads in part, "Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices ... in the... More »

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