Six people were arrested in a series of police raids carried out around Brussels late on Thursday, the Guardian reports, in connection with Tuesday’s bombings. Also on Thursday, two Belgian officials offered to resign, as evidence mounted that the country failed to adequately prepare for the attacks
Every day the media officers of the Islamic State wake and give thanks for the candidacy of Donald Trump, which delivers one propaganda coup after another for global jihad. Today’s video celebrating the Brussels attack, prominently featuring Trump’s face and words, is no exception.
Hours after explosions tore through the Belgian capital of Brussels, killing dozens of people, Ted Cruz called for police patrols of Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized,” the presidential candidate said in a statement.
This morning, explosions at the airport and a metro station in Brussels killed dozens of people and injured dozens more. The dust is still settling, but the U.S. presidential candidates are already beginning to respond with calls for border control, solidarity, and waterboarding. Here’s what they have to say.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reports, police officials in Brussels confirmed that they had begun an investigation into earlier reports of an orgy, involving eight soldiers and two policewomen, amidst the November manhunt for Islamic State operatives trying to get out of Europe following the Paris attacks.
Around 9:20 p.m. Central Europe Time, a series of seemingly coordinated attacks broke out simultaneously across the city of Paris. By the time authorities were in control of the situation, at least 132 people were dead, with hundreds more injured. Here’s everything we know so far about the attacks, the alleged attackers, and the aftermath of the deadliest night in recent European history.
At 7:50 p.m. on Monday night, a Brink's armored truck on the Tarmac at Brussels Airport was loading a shipment of uncut diamonds onto a 8:10 Zurich-bound Helvetic Airlines flight. At 7:54 p.m., the diamonds were gone. What happened in between was "one of the biggest" diamond heists ever: a gang of eight thieves, apparently in dark clothing meant to resemble police uniforms and armed with "machine guns," drove through the airport fence in two vehicles, flashed their weapons at guards, seized the diamonds from the airport's cargo hold, and sped off. One of the vehicles was later found burned out nearby. "This was undoubtedly a highly professional job," a Belgian police source told the Evening Standard. The uncut diamonds, lacking certificates, will likely be unrecovered. The passengers on the Helvetic jet were apparently completely unaware that the heist was occurring a few yards away. [AFP | BBC | Telegraph | Evening Standard]