Brussels attacks: the confirmed victims

Brussels attacks: the confirmed victims

Aside from the bombers, 25 of the dead have now been identified but at this stage only 21 names have been released. Lauriane Visart, Belgium, 27 The jurist and legal adviser was killed in the metro attack. Her father, an economics correspondent for the state broadcaster RTBF, appeared on an evening bulletin and said: “Lauriane had extremely strong values that she fiercely defended, including equality, justice, tolerance, gender equality. I’m not naive, I know very well that security is essential today. But I think that if we build walls of…

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American death toll rises in Brussels terror attack

American death toll rises in Brussels terror attack

Another American has been identified as killed in the attacks in Brussels, bringing the total number of US citizens confirmed as victims to four. An official confirmed the death Sunday night but was unable to reveal their identity since they ‘were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly’. They added that they did not disclose the victim’s identity ‘out of respect for the families in this difficult time’. Officials have said previously that at least a dozen Americans were injured in the attacks last Tuesday.

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Brussels ‘Peace’ march is hijacked by far-right protesters

Brussels ‘Peace’ march is hijacked by far-right protesters

Riot police have descended on the centre of Brussels today after hundreds of far-right protesters hijacked a peace march in the Belgian capital. They gathered at Place de la Bourse in Brussels this afternoon and unfurled a banner denouncing ISIS before police used a water cannon on the angry crowd. In scenes that compounded a week of grief for Belgians, protesters calling themselves ‘The Nation’ were seen making Nazi salutes as they became embroiled in a heated argument with pro-migrant groups. Hundreds moved in and occupied the steps of the…

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Man who confronted Muslim woman to ‘explain’ Brussels attacks arrested

Man who confronted Muslim woman to ‘explain’ Brussels attacks arrested

Tweet from Matthew Doyle following bomb attacks in Belgium sparked furious response from other Twitter users. A man who sparked an outcry on Twitter after tweeting about confronting a Muslim woman on a street in Croydon, south London, and challenging her to “explain Brussels” has been arrested by police. The Metropolitan police confirmed that a 46-year-old man had been arrested on Wednesday evening in Croydon on suspicion of inciting racial hatred via social media. He is understood to be Matthew Doyle, a partner at a south London-based talent and PR…

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Brussels deadly raid over Paris attacks: Dead gunman was Algerian national

Brussels deadly raid over Paris attacks: Dead gunman was Algerian national

A terrorism suspect shot dead in a raid in a Brussels suburb on Tuesday has been identified as Algerian national Mohamed Belkaid, officials say. He was killed by snipers while trying to fire at police from an apartment window in the suburb of Forest. Four officers were wounded in the raid. Police are still hunting two suspects who were in the apartment. The raid was linked to an investigation into the jihadist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people last November. The so-called Islamic State (IS) militant group said it…

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Brussels will have right to reject benefit curbs

Brussels will have right to reject benefit curbs

Britain’s right to limit benefits for European Union migrants will be at the mercy of MEPs who can veto the move under watered-down reforms secured by David Cameron yesterday. The prime minister won the chance to implement an “emergency brake” on in-work benefits if Britain votes this year to remain in the EU. However, a safeguard mechanism means that the European parliament would have a veto.

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Brussels police detain three over ‘New Year terror plot’

Brussels police detain three over ‘New Year terror plot’

Three people detained on Thursday in connection with an alleged plot to target Brussels on New Year’s Eve are to be held for a further 24 hours, Belgian prosecutors say. Another three people who were also detained during the raids in and around the Belgian capital have been released. Two other terror suspects were arrested earlier this week, and Brussels’ mayor cancelled New Year festivities. French authorities have deployed more than 100,000 police to ensure security. Paris saw its biggest public gathering since the deadly attacks there last month, but…

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Brussels cancels New Year’s Eve fireworks display due to terror threat

Brussels cancels New Year’s Eve fireworks display due to terror threat

The New Year’s Eve fireworks display in Brussels is canceled due to an unspecified extremist attack threat, the Belgium capital’s mayor announced on Wednesday. Authorities previously had announced that an investigation was underway into what authorities characterized as a “serious threat” of holiday season attacks directed at police, soldiers and popular attractions. Two suspects were arrested on Tuesday by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, and military-style training uniforms, computer equipment and propaganda materials from the Islamic State were seized. On Thursday, the arrested men, whose names have not been made public,…

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Brussels police question five suspects linked to Paris attacks

Brussels police question five suspects linked to Paris attacks

Brussels police detained five people in connection to the Paris attacks after raiding two houses in Brussels in the past 24 hours. A first raid was conducted in Brussels center Sunday evening, in which two brothers and a third friend were taken in for questioning. The raid was carried out just meters from the Molenbeek neighborhood where Abdeslam and his brother Brahim, who blew himself up in Paris, lived, the broadcaster RTBF reported. Monday morning, police raided a second house in Laeken, Brussels, taking in two more persons for questioning….

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Jewish museum attack leaves three dead in Brussels

Jewish museum attack leaves three dead in Brussels

Fears of a resurgence in violent antisemitism after gunman opens fire killing three and injuring one on eve of elections. Fears of a resurgence in violent antisemitism were raised after an attack at a Jewish museum in the centre of Brussels on Saturday left three people dead and one badly injured. The attack, on the eve of federal, regional and European parliamentary elections, prompted Belgium to heighten its terror alert level and increase protection at Jewish buildings and the Israeli embassy. Israel said two of the victims were a couple…

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