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#1 March 22, 2016 7:55 AM

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ผู้ก่อการร้ายโจมตีสนามบิน Brussels, Belgium เสียชีวิต 34 บาดเจ็บ 170

Explosions at Airport and Subway Kill 34 in Brussels

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BRUSSELS — A series of deadly terrorist attacks struck Brussels on Tuesday, with two explosions at the city’s main international airport and a third in a subway station at the heart of the city, near the headquarters complex of the European Union.

At least one of the two airport explosions was touched off by a suicide bomber, officials said. At least 34 people were killed — 14 at the airport, and 20 at the subway station — and another 106 people were wounded, including 17 who were reported to be in serious condition.

“We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium said at a news conference, calling the attacks “blind, violent, cowardly.”

On Twitter, he issued an appeal to the population to “avoid all movement,” as the authorities braced for the possibility of additional violence.

The attacks, a vivid illustration of the continued threat to Europe, occurred four days after the capture on Friday of Europe’s most wanted man, Salah Abdeslam. He is the sole survivor of the 10 men believed to have been directly involved in the attacks that killed 130 people in and around Paris on Nov. 13.

President François Hollande of France vowed “to relentlessly fight terrorism, both internationally and internally.” He added: “Through the Brussels attacks, it is the whole of Europe that is hit.”

The French government ordered 1,600 extra police officers to patrol the nation’s borders, including at train stations, airports and ports. The Eiffel Tower was to be lit with the colors of Belgium’s flag on Tuesday night.
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Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain called an emergency meeting of ministers. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany said the attacks “aim at the heart of Europe.” Pope Francis expressed his condolences.

Since the Paris attacks, security experts have warned that Europe was likely to face additional assaults by the Islamic State and by other terrorist groups. The Paris attacks showed that the scale and sophistication of the Islamic State’s efforts to carry out operations in Europe were greater than first believed, and analysts have also pointed to Europe’s particular vulnerabilities. They include the huge flow of undocumented migrants to the Continent from the Middle East last year, the movement of European citizens between their home countries and Syria to fight with the Islamic State, and persistent problems with intelligence sharing among European countries and even between competing security agencies in some nations.

Few countries have been more vulnerable than Belgium. It has an especially high proportion of citizens who have traveled to Iraq, insular Muslim communities that have helped shield jihadists, and security services that have had persistent problems conducting effective counterterrorism operations, not least in its four-month effort to capture Mr. Abdeslam.

The attacks on Tuesday put the Belgian capital in a state of virtual lockdown, with the threat level raised to its highest possible level. Frédéric Van Leeuw, the Belgian federal prosecutor, said that border controls had been strengthened and extra police officers mobilized.

All flights to and from Brussels Airport were canceled for the day, and flights were diverted. Subway, tram and bus travel was shut down. Eurostar canceled its trains connecting Brussels with Paris and London. Thalys, which runs high-speed trains linking dozens of cities in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, suspended service. Cellphone lines were jammed as panicked travelers and Belgians tried to make calls.

The events on Tuesday began with a pair of explosions at a departure hall at Brussels Airport, in the town of Zaventem, about seven miles northeast of the city center, just before 8 a.m.

“We were going to check in around 7:30 a.m.,” said one traveler, Ilaria Ruggiano. “There were seven of us. We were a bit late. We heard a big noise and saw a big flash. My mother went to the floor — she was hit. I just dropped my luggage and went to the floor. A kid came out, bleeding a lot. I tried to help him with a tissue, but it was not enough. There were two bombs.”

Another passenger, Jérôme Delanois, said he was at an Internet cafe near the Delta Air Lines counter when he heard a thunderous noise. “There were two explosions — one big one and one little one,” he said. “The first one blew all the walls and everything. There were burning flames. The first one was bigger. It blew out all the windows.”

Belinda How, a traveler from Malaysia who was in Brussels for a vacation, said she had been lining up to check in for an Etihad Airways flight when she heard the blast. “I was the last passenger queuing up,” she said. “I was very close to the first blast. Everybody was screaming.”

She added: “I said to my son — he is a Down syndrome special-needs child — ‘You have to run.’ He said, ‘My leg hurts.’ I think he was panicked. I left my luggage, dragged him and ran. Before I ran out, there was another bomb.”

Alan Merbaum, who had flown in from Washington, said he had narrowly avoided the blast.

“I heard what sounded like a thud a minute or so before 8 a.m.,” he said. “It sounded like it could have been something dropped off the back of a truck. Ten to 20 seconds later, I heard a loud explosion and I immediately knew what it was. I saw smoke coming out of the front entrance of the airport.”

Photographs posted online showed passengers covered in blood and soot, looking stunned but conscious. Some passengers were seen being taken away on luggage carts.

Other images posted on social media showed smoke rising from a departure hall, where the windows had been blown out, and people running away from the building. Hundreds were herded outside.

At 9:11 a.m., a bomb tore through the last car of a subway train as it pulled out of the Maelbeek station, said Françoise Ledune, a spokeswoman for the Brussels transit agency. It killed 15 people and injured 55 others.

Henk Stuten, 50, who works for the European Commission in an office above the station said, “We felt a boom, we felt the building tremble,” adding, “We saw through the windows that people were rushing out of the metro exit.”

About 10 to 15 minutes later, the office was evacuated, Mr. Stuten said. Some people were “very calm,” others were “very emotional,” he added.

He said most of the wounded were on Rue de la Loi, outside the station, which serves the area that houses most of the European Union’s core institutions.

“There were colleagues who just five minutes before were in the metro,” he said. “You realize how close these things can come to you.”

Brian Carroll, 31, a communications consultant from Washington, said he was on a subway car near Maelbeek en route to a conference in downtown Brussels when he heard a loud blast.

“As we were pulling into the station there was suddenly a loud explosion,” he said in a phone interview. “There was smoke everywhere. Everyone dropped to the ground. People were screaming and crying.”

Mr. Carroll said he had remained on the ground for one or two minutes, then got up, pried open a door of the subway car with his hands, and fled. “I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got to get out of here,’ ” he said. “I headed toward an exit. There was smoke and soot everywhere. There was glass everywhere. It was like running through a cloud of dust. I saw the exit of the station was destroyed. I ran out of the station, I ran as far as I could.”

Earlier in the morning, police officers taped off the numerous streets leading to the subway station as emergency vehicles raced to the blast site. Ambulances were clustered around the entrance, next to the normally busy Rue de la Loi, which runs through the heart of the so-called European quarter. A police helicopter flew overhead.

Yvan Mayeur, the mayor of Brussels, warned that the death toll of 20 at the subway station could change.

“The situation in the subway is extremely chaotic,” he said at a news conference. “Forensic police have lots of work ahead to identify the victims. It will be long and difficult work.”

Belgium has emerged as a focus of counterterrorism investigators after the attacks in Paris in November that left 130 people dead.

On Monday, the Belgian authorities asked for the public’s help in finding Najim Laachraoui, 24, who they identified as an accomplice of Mr. Abdeslam. The authorities are also searching for Mohamed Abrini, 31, who was filmed with Mr. Abdeslam at a gas station on a highway to Paris two days before the Nov. 13 attacks.

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#2 March 22, 2016 8:00 AM

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Re: ผู้ก่อการร้ายโจมตีสนามบิน Brussels, Belgium เสียชีวิต 34 บาดเจ็บ 170

เสียงระเบีด 2 ครั้งในสนามบิน และอีกครั้ง ในสถานีรถไฟใต้ดินใกล้ฯ ทำเนียบรัฐบาล ยูโรบ ในกรุง Brussels

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#3 March 22, 2016 8:03 AM

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About 8 a.m.: Airport explosions

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A pair of blasts struck a departure hall at Brussels Airport, killing at least 11 people. At least one of the explosions appeared to have been set off by a suicide bomber, officials said. An airport spokeswoman said the airport would remain closed to all incoming and outbound flights until at least Wednesday morning.

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About 9:10 a.m.: Subway explosion

Another blast shook the Maelbeek subway station in downtown Brussels, not far from the area that houses most of the European Union’s core institutions. The city’s transport authority said that at least 15 people had been killed and posted on Twitter that all subway stations were closing.

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#4 March 22, 2016 8:06 AM

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#5 March 22, 2016 8:19 AM

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Re: ผู้ก่อการร้ายโจมตีสนามบิน Brussels, Belgium เสียชีวิต 34 บาดเจ็บ 170

นายก ยิ่งลัก กล่าวคำเสียใจ เรื่องเหตุระเบิด

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เหตุระเบิดที่สนามบินในกรุงบรัสเซลส์ส่งผลให้ประชาชนผู้บริสุทธิ์เสียชีวิตเป็นจำนวนมากในช่วงเย็นวันนี้ตามเวลาประเทศไทย

ดิฉันขอแสดงความเสียใจอย่างสุดซึ้งกับประชาชนชาวเบลเยียม ญาติผู้เสียชีวิต รวมทั้งผู้ได้รับบาดเจ็บจากเหตุการณ์สะเทือนขวัญครั้งนี้

ดิฉันไม่เห็นด้วยกับการใช้ความรุนแรงไม่ว่าในรูปแบบใดและขอประณามการกระทำดังกล่าว ดิฉันหวังว่าจะสามารถจับกุมผู้กระทำความผิดมาดำเนินคดีได้ และหวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่าเหตุการณ์จะกลับเข้าสู่ภาวะปกติโดยเร็วค่ะ

I would like to convey my deepest sorrow and condolences to all Belgians especially ones who have been affected by these horrific incidents.

I strongly condemn terrorism and violence against humanity. We must be all united in these troubling times to counter such senseless acts and bring back peace and normalcy to the world.

https://www.facebook.com/Y.Shinawatra/p … =3&theater

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