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Third Brussels Terrorist Is Paris Bomb Maker, Still At Large

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Belgian officials now say that multiple terrorists are connected with Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels and are still at large.

In a news briefing Wednesday, Belgian terror threat official Paul Van Tigchelt told reporters the country is continuing to hold its threat alert at Level 4, indicating “danger of an imminent attack.”

Security personnel are searching for at least one terrorist directly involved in Tuesday’s attack at Zaventem Airport.

There were conflicting reports earlier in the day as to whether or not Paris bombmaker Najim Laachraoui, seen on CCTV surveillance footage prior to the explosions, was still at large. However, the issue was clarified as the day wore on, when police made it clear he was not the person in custody.

Laachraoui, 24, traveled to Syria in February 2013 and last year went with Salah Abdeslam to Hungary, according to a report in the Daily Mirror. He is alleged to have been the bomb maker in the November 13 terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Laachraoui allegedly also used the pseudonym Soufiane Kayal, according to French newspaper Liberation.

DNA evidence has allegedly identified Laachraoui as one of the accomplices of Salah Abdeslam, the alleged mastermind behind the Paris attacks. His DNA was found on “several explosive belts”, in a house in Auvelais and one in Schaerbeek which was used to prepare explosives and hide Abdeslam, French media reported.

Laachraoui was seen in the footage together with two brothers who later were identified as the suicide bombers who blew up the departure hall at Zaventem Airport in Brussels.

In that attack and the one that blew up a metro station close to a building housing the headquarters of the European Union about an hour later, at least 34 people were killed, and some 270 people were wounded. The Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the attacks and warned there are more to come.

Hana Levi Julian

11 Dead in Suicide Bombing at Belgium Airport, 15 Dead in Train Attack [video]

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

At least 11 people were killed and 35 were wounded in a twin terror attack at 8 am Tuesday morning in the departure hall of Zaventem Airport in Brussels. Another 15 people were killed and 55 wounded in the related metro attack.

Three suicide belts packed with explosives were found by police at the airport, according to local television news reports quoted by Sputnik. A suicide bomber was responsible for one of the blasts, Belgian broadcaster VRT reported.

Several Israelis were in the airport at the time of the explosion but all managed to exit safely with other travelers.

Map of Zaventem Airport in Brussels at time of explosions.

Map of Zaventem Airport in Brussels at time of explosions.

Two explosions were heard at the airport, coming just four days after Salah Abdeslam, the mastermind of the Nov. 13 ISIS attack on Paris, was captured in Brussels.

A United Hatzolah volunteer was at the Brussels airport at the time of the explosions. He described the scene: “At the time of the explosion I was praying at the synagogue in the airport. We felt the explosion. We exited the synagogue in order to see what was happening and we joined the stream of people who were being ushered by police to exit the terminal.

People at the scene said they heard gunshots and screaming in Arabic before the attack, according to media reports.
All airports in the country were shut down pending further developments.

Three explosions tore apart trains at separate locations on the Brussels metro system about a half hour after the initial attack at Zaventem Airport. Due to the obvious risk, the Brussels metro system was shut down and the country’s security leaders activated Level 4, the nation’s highest alert.

Hana Levi Julian

Egypt on High Alert, Bombings in Cairo Metro Stations

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Egypt’s Interior Ministry declared a high alert early Wednesday after several explosions shut down operations in several Cairo metro stations.

At least four people were injured in three separate metro stations, the Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The explosions took place in the northern district of the capital city during the morning rush hour.

In one instance, a person was reportedly carrying a homemade bomb to a station, according to an interior ministry official who spoke with a privately owned television channel quoted by Ha’aretz.

Much of the violence in Egypt – and terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula — over the past year has been caused by radical Islamist protesters angry over the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-backed former President Mohammed Morsi.

The former president was forced out of office a year ago by newly-elected President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who at that time served as the army’s field marshal and the government’s defense minister.

El-Sisi acted to depose Morsi after a year of constant street violence and a groundswell of protests that resulted in a petition bearing more than one million signatures demanding Morsi’s resignation prior to his ouster.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Man Knocked Unconscious in Paris Metro

Monday, October 15th, 2012

A Jewish man was attacked and rendered unconscious in a Paris metro, a local watchdog reported.

The 52-year-old victim entered the subway directly from his synagogue but wore no markings that would identify him as Jewish, according to a report on the late September incident by the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, a nonprofit watchdog organization. The incident occurred on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

He may have been targeted because of a Jewish philosophy book by the chief rabbi of Paris that he was reading in the metro when he was attacked, the report said.

The attackers, who are unknown, knocked the man unconscious with a sharp blow to his temple and did not steal anything from him as he lay unconscious on the subway floor. He sustained minor injuries.

A female passenger found the man lying on the floor and moved him out of the vehicle at Miromesnil station, near Champs-Elysees.

“It is clear from the pattern of incidents we are seeing that this was in all likelihood an anti-Semitic attack,” BNVCA President Sammy Ghozlan told JTA.

Last week, the security unit of France’s Jewish community, SPCJ, reported a 45 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents during the first eight months of 2012 in comparison with their 2011 level of 266 incidents. SPCJ also reported three separate attacks that occurred during the High Holidays.

JTA

Religious Coalition to Metro: Donate “Support Israel” Proceeds to Human Rights Group

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

A coalition of religious groups is calling on the Washington DC Metro to donate proceeds from an ad campaign suggesting Muslims are savages to an organization supporting human rights.

The Metro was sued by the American Freedom Defense Initiative – makers of the ad – last month, after officials delayed in putting up posters stating “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.  Support Israel.  Defeat Jihad ”, due to concerns that the posters would inflame Muslims and threaten the security of passengers.

The coalition is comprised of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim representatives.

Malkah Fleisher

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