On March 22, 2016, two coordinated Muslim terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, were carried out by the Islamic State. Three coordinated Islamic suicide bombings occurred: two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem and one at Maalbeek metro station on the Brussels metro. Thirty-two civilians and three Muslim terrorists were killed, and more than 300 were injured. Another bomb was found during a search of the airport in Brussels. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The Muslims belonged to a terrorist cell involved in the November 2015 Islamic Paris attacks. The Brussels bombings happened shortly after a series of police raids targeting the group. The Islamic bombings were the deadliest attack on Belgium since World War II. As a result, the Belgian government declared three days of national morning.
A total of five Muslims were involved, with three of them dying in suicide bombings and the remaining two arrested in the weeks after. All were involved in planning and organizing the 2015 Islamic Paris attacks. They were identified and named as:
- Ibrahim El Bakraoui: aged 29. He committed a suicide bombing at Brussels Airport. In 2010, he had been involved in an attempted robbery at a currency exchange office and a subsequent shootout with police that left one officer injured. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was paroled in 2014 under the condition that he did not leave the country; he was sought by authorities when he violated those conditions.
- Najim Laachraoui: aged 24. They committed a suicide bombing at Brussels Airport alongside Ibrahim El Bakraoui. He reportedly traveled to Syria in 2013 under a false ID.
- Mohamed Abrini: born December 27, 1984. Abrini assisted Ibrahim El Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui in the airport bombings but failed to detonate his bomb and was arrested on April 8, 2016. He was a childhood friend of brothers Salah Abdeslam and Brahim Adbeslam, who were both involved in the November 2015 attacks in Paris. On June 29, 2022, at a court in Paris, Abrini was convicted of involvement in the attacks and received a sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum term of 22 years.
- Khalid El Bakraoui: aged 27, the younger brother of Ibrahim El Bakraoui. Committed the suicide bombing at the Maalbeek metro station. In 2011, he was convicted of several carjackings, possessing many Kalashnikov rifles, and a 2009 bank robbery and kidnapping. After being released in 2015, El Bakraoui failed to appear for his parole appointments and abandoned his address. He was later served with three arrest warrants, one from Interpol, one international, and one European.
- Osama Krayem: aged 24. Krayem accompanied Khalid El Bakraoui to the suicide bombing on the metro but failed to
- Detonate his explosives. When he was eleven, he participated in a Swedish documentary film about the integration of migrants into Swedish society. Krayem is believed to have been radicalized by videos of Anwar al-Awlaki, and to have been fighting for ISIS since 2014. On June 29, 2022, at the Paris attacks trial, Krayem was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
New recordings of the Terrorists released
Just days ago, Belgian media obtained previously unreleased recordings of the Muslims days before they carried out the attacks. Authorities discovered the recordings after the attacks on a discarded laptop belonging to one of the suicide bombers – Najim Laachraoui, who built the bombs used in the Paris and Brussels attacks.
Investigators used the most advanced technologies to uncover what was on the device used by the terrorist cell until the morning of March 22 at 6:37 a.m., when a USB key was removed.
Although much of the hard drive had been wiped clean, weeks of painstaking digital forensic analysis by the Regional Brussels Computer Crime Unit yielded a treasure trove of new information on the Islamic network behind both November 13, 2015, Paris and March 22, 2016, Brussels attacks.
The new recordings released to the public help contextualize the schedule and motivations of the terrorists throughout their period of hiding. Also, their determination of targets and the preparation for attacks in Paris and Brussels. Also, the last messages sent and recorded for their brothers in Syria before the morning of the March 22, 2016, Islamic attacks.
In these many files, investigators found several “audio” addressed to Syria in which the investigators could identify the voice of Ibrahim El Bakraoui and that of Najim Laachraoui, the two human bombs at the airport of Zaventem. In addition, Laachraoui is heard discussing the explosives he will use for the attack he carried out a few days later.
He reveals that he does not want to attack Belgium because he felt it was better to keep Belgium as a “supply base” or “fallback base” for “brothers” carrying out attacks. It appears Laachraoui does want to strike a country like Belgium, where his jihadis brothers have sought refugee and essentially seized control. Instead, he wants to stick to their plans and attack France again.
Despite Laachraoui wanting to hit France, the terrorists were forced to target Belgium because police were closing in on them. The men were under pressure to carry out an attack as soon as possible due to the arrest of Salah Abdeslam on March 18, 2016, under the gaze of the cameras at rue des Quatre Vents in Molenbeek. This event precipitated everything, as illustrated by the excerpts of conversations recorded on the computer from rue Max Roos.
In a recording, the day before the attack, Ibrahim Bakraoui, the other suicide bomber, recorded several messages, including one explaining the pressure they were under due to the manhunt taking place to locate them:
We are a little bit rushed. We don’t know what else to do here. We are being sought everywhere. We are no longer safe. We don’t even have a safe house anymore. And if we drag on, if we drag on, we risk ending up beside the guy in a cell,” said Bakraoui.
The terrorists then detailed methods to kill the Belgians and vowed they would be attacking soon:
“Fight them with weapons if you know how to get them. Take a grenade, throw it at them, shoot at them. Take a knife to cut their throats, come from behind and open their skull with an axe or a rock. Back over them with a car. All methods are good to kill them.”
On the night of 21-22 March, the two terrorists recorded their final message. They announced that they would be donating their explosives soon. They also revealed that they had chosen their targets: the Metro and the airport.
Listen to the newly released recording of the Muslim terrorists that RAIR Foundation USA translated:
November 2015 Islamic Paris attacks coordinated in Belgium and Syria
The November 2015 Islamic Paris attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks that occurred on Friday, November 13, 2015, in Paris, France, and the city’s northern suburb, Saint-Denis, a Muslim “no-go zone.”
Beginning at 9:15 p.m., three suicide bombers struck outside the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, during an international football match, after failing to gain entry to the stadium. Another group of Muslim attackers then fired on crowded cafés and restaurants in Paris, with one of them also detonating an explosive, killing himself in the process. Finally, a third group of jihadis carried out another mass shooting. It took hostages at an Eagles of Death Metal concert attended by 1,500 people in the Bataclan theatre, leading to a stand-off with police. The Islamic terrorists were either shot or blew themselves up when police raided the theatre.
The jihadis killed 130 people, including 90 at the Bataclan theatre, and many were tortured to death. Another 416 people were injured, almost 100 critically. Seven of the Muslim terrorists were also killed. The attacks were the deadliest in France since the Second World War and the deadliest in the European Union since the Madrid Islamic train bombings of 2004. The attacks came one day after similar attacks in Beirut, Lebanon. France had been on high alert since the January 2015 Islamic attacks on Charlie Hebdo offices and a Jewish supermarket in Paris that killed 17 people.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks (as they had done with the Beirut attacks a day prior), saying that it was retaliation for French airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq. The President of France at the time, Francois Hollande, said the jihad attacks were an act of war by the Islamic State.
The attacks were planned in Syria and organized by a Muslim terrorist cell based in Belgium. Two of the Paris Muslim attackers were Iraqis, but most were born in France or Belgium and had fought in Syria. In addition, some of the Islamic attackers had returned to open borders Europe among hordes of illegal migrants and refugees from Syria.
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Rumor has it that a psychic medium just received a communication from the attackers – “There are no virgins here. We are suffering horribly. Naked Infidel women sodomize us every eight hours with splintered baseball bats, then they pour hot bacon grease on us. Allah is nowhere to be seen. Please help”.