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Why Brussels was targetted? Part 1

Three coordinated nail bombings occurred in Belgium, two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maelbeek/Maalbeek metro station in Brussels. In these attacks, 31 victims and three suicide bombers were killed, with a fourth suspect on the run, and around 300 people were injured. Many commuters and innocent people are still missing. A live bomb was also found during a search operation at the airport. The organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed the responsibility for the attacks. Youth, who can have better prospects and life, but I do not understand, why they are getting attracted towards violence. This is a subject of discussion at this time. We have to find the reason why these brainwashed youth are going there and we have to channelize or counsel them. If this is not stopped here, then humanity on earth is in danger stage.

If you observe these Muslim youth, then you will see that they are affected by the collateral damage of war. They are the people from the underdeveloped countries where education needs to be rehabilitated. So, there is no point of well-educated people. They are the Muslims from a country where job opportunities are rare and internal religious groups are shedding the blood of each other in the name of Shia, Sunni and Wahhabi. The religion is damaged within and somewhat USA and European countries have played a big role in fueling these fights. It is very easy to brainwash people’s mind who are with no money, empty stomach and a family to maintain. On top of this, if the religious wars are ongoing, then you can take the advantage in the name of religion. This is perhaps the area where these terror groups are exploiting the youth.

India is one of the largest Muslim populated countries in the world. This land has seen many terror attacks. Recently, we have seen NIA raided and arrested many ISIS sympathizers across the country. Though these numbers are less but it’s a concerning and alarming. Earlier, these youth were showing sympathy towards Lashkar and IM. If you see the pattern then educated Muslims too are joining terrorist organizations but there is no reason why they are involving in this act.

Let’s us come back to the topic. Brussels Airport bombings were the deadliest act of terrorism in Belgium’s history. After this incidence, maintaining high alert against terrorism, Malaysian police have arrested 162 individuals suspected of having links with the Islamic State militant group. Now their government is also in a midst of implementing the Advanced Passenger Screening System to screen tourists entering the country before they depart from their own country. Nowadays, even Pakistan informs India about the terror planned in its land against India. Every week, they come up with story about Pakistani terrorists’ intruding in India. Major countries are on terrorists’ radar. We know that every Muslim is not a terrorist but the terrorists at large are Muslims. By and large, the ‘Jihad’ is wild spread.

Look at Belgium; it is an active participant in the ongoing military intervention against ISIS. On the other side, among Western European countries Belgium nationals are with jihadist forces (as a proportion to its population), with an estimated 440 having left for Syria and Iraq as of January 2015. Belgium has been described as a “hotbed of jihadist ideology”, and a “jihadist-recruiting hub”. Before the bombings, several Islamist terrorist attacks had originated from Belgium, and a number of counter-terrorist operations had been carried out there. In May 2014, a gunman with ties to the war in Syria attacked the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, killing four. In January 2015, anti-terrorist operations conducted against a group thought to be planning a second Charlie Hebdo shooting included actions in Brussels and Zaventem. The operation resulted in the deaths of two suspects. In August 2015, a suspected terrorist committed a shooting and stabbing attack aboard a Thalys train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris via Brussels, before passengers subdued him. The assailants involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks were based in Molenbeek, and Brussels was locked down for five days to allow police to search for suspects. On 18 March 2016, Salah Abdeslam, a suspected accomplice in the aforementioned Paris attacks, was captured in two anti-terrorist raids in Molenbeek that killed another suspect and injured two others. At least one other suspect remains at large. Belgian investigators believe that Abdeslam’s arrest may have hastened planning for the bombings.

Concluding part tomorrow  

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Dr. Vaidehi Tamanhttp://www.vaidehisachin.com
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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