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Man With Knife Shot Dead in Brussels 'Terror Attack'

One soldier was injured

(Newser) - Belgian soldiers shot a man dead in downtown Brussels on Friday evening after he attacked the troops with a knife in what prosecutors described as a "terror attack," the AP reports. Spokesperson Esther Natus of the federal prosecutor's office, which handles terrorism investigations, said the man twice... More »

Trump Gets 'Chilly Reception' From European Leaders

The president criticized NATO allies directly during speech

(Newser) - President Trump chided NATO leaders to their faces Thursday for "chronic underpayments" to the organization, the New York Times reports. "Members of the alliance must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations," CNN quotes Trump as saying during the opening of a new NATO... More »

Three Charged With Planning Terror Attack in Belgium

Attack may have been planned to coincide with Euro 2016 soccer match Saturday

(Newser) - Twelve people were arrested in Brussels on suspicion of planning terror attacks after dozens of homes were raided and 40 people were questioned overnight, NBC News reports. According to AFP, three of those arrested have been charged with attempted terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist group.... 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 »

Brussels' 'Man in the Hat' Surfaces in New Video

It shows him in Schaerbeek neighborhood after the attacks

(Newser) - Almost two weeks after admitting they arrested the wrong man , Belgian authorities say the real " man in the hat " has surfaced in surveillance video from after the Brussels attacks. The footage shows the alleged terrorist—wearing a hat, glasses, and a light-colored jacket—leaving the Brussels Airport near... 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 »

Lawyer: Paris Suspect Ready to Cooperate

Salah Abdeslam to accept extradition to France

(Newser) - A lawyer for Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam says he's finally ready "to cooperate with the French authorities," reports the Independent . At a Thursday hearing in Belgium—where Abdeslam was captured in the basement of a distant relative on March 18—his lawyer says the alleged terrorist... More »

Brussels Youth Are Sent a Text: 'Fight the Westerners'

Extremists step up recruitment efforts after attacks

(Newser) - In the troubled Molenbeek district of Brussels, extremists have spied opportunity in the wake of last week's attacks. Over the weekend, young men in the heavily Muslim neighborhood were sent text messages, reading (in French): "My brother, why not fight the Westerners? Make the right choice in your... More »

Hope Proves False: US Couple Confirmed Dead in Brussels

Justin and Stephanie Shults were seeing her mother off at airport

(Newser) - There was one agonizing glimmer of hope, but it turns out that a young American couple missing after the bombing of the Brussels airport were in fact killed in the attack. "We found out today that cowards took my brother's life," wrote Levi Sutton, brother of 30-year-old... 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 »

American Brother, Sister Dead in Brussels Attacks

Family of Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski confirms their deaths

(Newser) - Two Americans have been confirmed as being among the dead in the attacks in Brussels earlier this week, an anonymous senior US official tells NBC News . That official remained tight-lipped on their names, but CBS News has a statement from the family of Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski stating the brother... 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 »

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 »

Utah Missionaries, US Air Force Family Injured in Brussels

Details are developing

(Newser) - Among those hurt in the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday: three Mormon missionaries from Utah and an Air Force officer and his family. Richard Norby, 66, Joseph Empey, 20, and Mason Wells, 19, were injured in the explosion at Brussels airport, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... 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 »

What We Know About the Brussels Attacks

'We are at war,' says France's PM

(Newser) - The death toll has crept above 30 following Tuesday morning's attack on Brussels' Zaventem international airport and a metro station in the center of the city. What we know so far:
  • CBS News tweets that two Americans were injured; a State Department employee has not been accounted for.
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Terror Attacks Rock Brussels Airport, Subway

At least 31 dead as city locked down

(Newser) - Brussels has been locked down after what authorities fear were multiple terrorist attacks on the city's subway system and main airport. Transportation has been shut down and citizens have been urged to stay at home. According to Belgian media , at least 31 people have been killed and dozens more... More »

Most Wanted Man in Europe Is Captured

Salah Abdeslam allegedly played role in Paris attacks

(Newser) - Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris terror attacks and Europe's most wanted man, was captured alive Friday during a raid in Brussels, Belgian counterterrorism sources tell CNN and the AP . The 26-year-old was believed to be hiding out in a Brussels apartment since the Nov. 13 attacks, and... More »

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