Brussels awakens to new reality: soldiers on the streets, heavy security on metro
“Brussels Awakens to a New Reality: Soldiers on the Streets, Heavy Security on Metro,” Haaretz, March 23, 2016:
BRUSSELS – The residents of Belgium’s capital city woke up Wednesday morning to a new reality, on the day after the pair of murderous terrorist attacks at the airport and subway station that killed at least 31 people.
Armed soldiers at the entrance to the train station check everyone’s bags and large office buildings in the city closed their main entrances, and now allow entry only through a guarded side entrance. Many workers simply stayed home and began their Easter holiday early.
The Belgians have now been forced to deal with the new revelations coming out of the investigations of the bombings. The bombers at the airport and metro were very well-known to the security services and collaborated with one of the planners of the attacks four months ago in Paris, Salah Abdeslam, who was arrested last Friday in Brussels. Nonetheless, they still managed to evade police and enter the airport terminal Tuesday with large explosive devices and blow themselves up, killing many.
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