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Crime Lab Arson a Possible Attempt to Destroy Evidence

The crime lab assists and advises Belgium's justice authorities

(Newser) - Reports of a bomb outside Belgium's criminal institute early Monday are probably false, the Brussels prosecutor's office says, describing the incident as much more likely an arson attack designed to destroy criminal evidence. "It's probably not terrorism. It's a criminal act," says spokeswoman Ine... More »

Man With 'Suicide Belt' of Cookies Nabbed in Brussels

He claimed to have been enlisted by ISIS

(Newser) - A man wearing a fake explosive belt filled with salt and cookies sparked a major security alert outside a downtown Brussels shopping center and an emergency meeting of government ministers Tuesday. Police say the man—known to police and thought to have had psychiatric problems, according to prosecutors—claimed to... 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 »

At Shrine for the Dead in Brussels, 'Hooligans' Give Nazi Salute

Chanted 'Death to Arabs'

(Newser) - Belgian riot police clashed Sunday with hundreds of right-wing hooligans at a temporary shrine honoring victims of the Brussels suicide bombings , as investigators launched fresh anti-terror raids, taking four more people into custody, the AP reports. Police used water cannons when scuffles broke out in front of the Bourse, which... 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 Solidarity March Postponed for Security

Belgium's tiny police force is stretched too thin

(Newser) - Organizers have postponed Sunday's march for solidarity in Belgium after the country's interior minister appealed to residents not to attend because police are stretched too thin with the ongoing investigation into attacks on Brussels' airport and subway, the AP reports. Event organizer Emmanuel Foulon said Saturday the event... More »

Brussels Airport Won't Reopen for Days

New attack suspect named

(Newser) - Brussels airport officials say flights won't resume before Tuesday as they assess the damage caused by twin explosions in the terminal earlier this week. Authorities have wrapped up their investigation of the crime scene at the airport, and will allow engineers into the building to check its structural safety... 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 »

6 Arrested in Brussels Raids

France says it caught man in 'advanced stages' of terror plot

(Newser) - Belgian prosecutors say six people have been detained in raids around Brussels linked to this week's attacks on the city's airport and subway system. Federal prosecutors said in a statement late Thursday that the arrests were made during raids in Brussels neighborhoods, including Schaerbeek, where police found a... 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 »

Brussels Police Are Seeking This Man

He was pictured in a surveillance photo alongside 2 probable suicide bombers

(Newser) - Federal police in Belgium have issued a wanted notice for a suspect in the Brussels airport bombing that they are still trying to identify, the AP reports. A man wearing a thick light-colored jacket with a black hat and glasses is suspected of committing an attack at Zaventem airport on... More »

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