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Published on : Saturday, March 26, 2016
Another supposed terror act was foiled by Brussels police on Friday. Witnesses say that they heard atleast two explosive gunshots at Schaerbeek while a man was shot in the leg and detained by the Brussels police. The man was said to be carrying explosives in his bag and had taken a woman and a child hostage.
He was laying injured according to footage on tram tracks when approached by bomb disposal robots. Civilians were told to stay away from the area. People inside the trams were cautioned from stepping out. Police cordoned off the place with strict security.
The suspect after being caught revealed a new terror plot in France. The Thursday arrest of Reda Kriket, 34 in Argenteuil, Paris, disclosed that another plan of the attack was at an advanced stage. He was convicted in August last year for his membership in the jihadist network along with Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Paris attack ring leader.
Another man was arrested in Brussels named Salah A. Six more people have been arrested as part of ongoing investigations after the Tuesday attack. Two more arrested in Germany including the one who received a suspicious phone message containing the Metro station bomber with word “fin” which in French means ‘end’. This was sent three minutes before the blast where atleast 31 people died and more than 300 were injured in the Metro station. Investigators suspect that the same terror cell which may have been used for Paris was used for Brussels.
DNA analysis shows that the Isis bomb maker Najim Laachraoui, 24 was one of the two men who blew themselves up in the departure terminal in Brussels on Tuesday. The CCTV footage shows how he along with Brahim el-Bakraoui pushed a luggage trolley with the bomb suitcase. The footage also shows a third man who did not detonate his device and fled the place.
Over an hour later another bomb was detonated at the Mealbeek Metro station. This was done by Khalid el-Bakraoui, Brahim’s brother. The US security agencies were in the lookout for the brothers who were involved with the Paris attack. Going by what has been revealed, a number of attacks are being planned in the main cities of Europe. The attackers are finding safe residences in France and the adjourning cities to spread terror among innocent people. They are hoodwinking the intelligence squad of Europe and breaking hell into the normal, calm lives of innocent, unsuspecting people.