The European country of Belgium is observing three days of national mourning after a series of terrorist attacks there yesterday.It's where we start this edition of our show.
The ISIS terrorist group says it's responsible for attacks in an airport and a subway station in Belgium's capital.
It started Tuesday morning with two blasts at the Brussels airport.And then about 9:00 a.m., an hour later, there was another explosion at a train station.Officials say at least 30 people were killed in the attacks.They estimate the number of wounded is more than 200.They believe that two of the people involved were suicide attackers and they're hunting for a third suspect.
We are aware that we are confronted with a tragic moment and are appealing to everyone to stay calm and united in these difficult circumstances.
Belgian security forces say they're working off the assumption that the attackers came from the same network that's responsible for last November's terrorist attacks in Paris, France, which left 130 dead.And the blasts in Belgium came within a week of the arrests of Salah Abdeslam, Europe's most wanted man, the only surviving person suspected of a direct rule in the Paris attacks.But police say their investigation is only beginning and that they don't know yet if the attacks and Abdeslam's capture are linked.Some suburbs of Brussels are known to be hotbeds of Islamic extremism.Many of the people there are immigrants from North Africa and some of them have been linked to terrorist plots and attacks.Belgium has contributed per capita the highest number of ISIS fighters out of all of Western Europe.So, clearly, there is-there are really fertile fields here that the jihadi recruitment networks are able to sow and entrench their ideologies.