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ISIS Claims Responsibility For Brussels Attacks

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A propaganda group affiliated with the Islamic State claimed Tuesday that ISIS has taken responsibility for the attacks in Brussels that killed approximately 34 people and wounded well over 100.

A statement taking responsibility was released just hours after the attacks.

“Islamic State fighters opened fire inside Zaventem Airport, before several of them detonated their explosive belts, as a martyrdom bomber detonated his explosive belt in the Maalbeek metro station,”said a spokesman for the propaganda outlet in a statement, according to the Independent. “The attacks resulted in more than 230 dead and wounded.”

The spokesman said that Brussels was targeted because Belgium is “a country participating in the international coalition against the Islamic State.”

The Brussels attacks occurred only three days after a raid in the suburb of Molenbeek captured Salah Abdeslam, the alleged mastermind of the Paris terror attacks last November that killed 130. Abdeslam and his fellow terrorists also engaged in their attacks on the behalf of ISIS, though it is unclear whether or not his group was affiliated with the individuals who engaged in the attacks in Brussels.

Pro-ISIS social media accounts have celebrated the attacks. A Twitter post from one of the accounts warned “what will be coming is worse.”

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