Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Brussels Terror Attacks: Reports

By Sara SjolinMarketWatch Pulse

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the early Tuesday attacks on Brussels Airport and the city's metro system, according to media reports. The jihadist organization issued a statement via its A'maq news agency, saying Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices. "Islamic State fighters opened fire inside the Zaventem Airport, before several of them detonated their explosive belts, as a martyrdom bomber detonated his explosive belt in the Maalbeek metro station," the group said, according to reports. Two explosions rocked the airport around 8 a.m. Tuesday local time, or 3 a.m. Eastern Time, followed an hour later by a blast at the central Brussels metro station, close to the European Union quarters. Around 34 people have been reported dead in the attacks.

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