What we know now
- • At least 34 killed: Another 270 people were injured. The attacks at the airport and metro happened about an hour apart during rush hour on Tuesday morning. We will update this story with their identities.
- • ISIS claims responsibility: Hours after the explosions, the Islamic State said its fighters carried out the attacks.
- • Suspects seen in surveillance photo: Belgian officials released a photo from the airport showing three men. Two were killed in the blast. Police are now searching for the third suspect, who is on the run. Only two suspects have been identified: Ibrahim El Bakraoui blew himself up at the airport. His brother, Khalid, blew himself up on the metro.
Salah Abdeslam no longer fighting extradition to France
- Mar 24, 2016 5:46 AM EDT
- Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam will no longer fight his extradition from Belgium to France, his lawyer told reporters in Brussels on Thursday morning.
"Salah Abdeslam has asked me to inform you that he wishes to leave for France as quickly as possible," Sven Mary said, according to multiple reports.
French authorities are seeking Abdeslam's extradition so he can be tried for his alleged role in the Nov. 13 bomb-and-gun attacks that killed 130 in Paris.
Abdeslam, who was arrested Friday in Brussels, was to appear Wednesday before a panel of judges who could extend his detention by another month.
Security and closures make for hectic morning commute
- Mar 24, 2016 4:57 AM EDT
- With some metro lines still closed and heightened security at main transit points, Brussels residents have been caught up in hectic a morning commute.
- Commuters packed into Brussels' Central station on Thursday morning, dealing with long lines and a general sense of disorganization as they made their way to work.
At least one suspect linked to Tuesday's attacks is still on the run and the country is on its highest terror alert level, but life goes on in the city.
- Police and military are stationed on street corners throughout the capital, but schools remain open and people have returned to work with this new sense of what is normal.
British man who sent insensitive tweet arrested for 'inciting hatred'
- Mar 23, 2016 8:25 PM EDT
- Multiple reports out of Britain claim that a man who drew backlash for a racially insensitive tweet has been arrested by local police for "inciting racial hatred."
The drama began after Tuesday's attacks when a man identified as Matthew Doyle tweeted early Wednesday morning, "I confronted a Muslim woman in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said 'Nothing to do with me'. A mealy mouthed reply."
The tweet was later deleted but plenty of users captured the original tweet.
- In the immediate aftermath of the tweet, other users had fun mocking Doyle's claim.