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What we know about the Brussels terror attacks




A victim receives first aid by rescuers, on March 22, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries.
A victim receives first aid by rescuers, on March 22, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries.
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At least 31 people are confirmed dead and scores more wounded after bombs exploded at the Brussels airport and city subway station shortly before 8 am this morning.

From a posting on their news agency Amaq, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks.

The post also indicated that the attack was carried out in response to Belgium’s support of the international coalition formed against the group. Belgium is currently on lockdown after Prime Minister Charles Michel instructed citizens to “avoid all movement,” diverting planes and trains as the country raised its terror alert to the highest level. At least one of the two explosions that occurred at the airport has been blamed on a suicide bomber.

The Obama administration has pledged to “do whatever is necessary” to assist Belgian authorities to bring justice to those responsible. Airports across Europe and the US have tightened security measures.

Prime Minister Michel stated that there is no immediate evidence linking today’s attacks to Salah Abdeslam, the primary suspect arrested in Belgium last Friday for his involvement in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that claimed the lives of  130 people.

Guests:

Caroline Connan, Bloomberg TV Correspondent joining us from Brussels; she tweets from @CarolineConnan

Adam Schiff, Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Select Committee on Benghazi. He represents California’s 28th district, stretching from West Hollywood to the eastern border of Pasadena