Islamic terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the two suicide bombing attacks in Belgium that has left 34 people dead, and at least 200 others injured.
Belgium was left reeling on Tuesday after two attacks targeting the airport and a subway station in the capital killed at least 34 people and left nearly 200 wounded. In a message distributed via the news agency Amaq, the self-described Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.
“Hate and extremism have hit in Brussels,” said the city’s mayor, Yvan Mayeur. “This is an attack against the values of freedom and democracy, against the humanism that we value so much in Brussels.”
Antwerp Mayor Bart De Wever called Tuesday “the darkest day in the history of our country since WWII.”
“We are determined to defend our freedom,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said, announcing three days of national mourning.
Witnesses said many of the victims suffered injuries in their legs. “I helped carry out five people dead, their legs destroyed,” airport worker Alphonse Youla told Reuters.
“I heard an enormous explosion, then I saw the airport roof come down,” a trembling young Korean tourist told HuffPost Italy while dragging his luggage behind him. “We started running, then they sent us all out. It was horrible.”
Authorities are looking to confirm the identities of three possible suspects caught on camera at the airport. In images released by police, the three unidentified men are pushing trollies with suitcases past the airport’s check-in area. One is wearing white while the two others are each wearing one black glove and black clothing.
Authorities believe at least one suspect in the attacks remains on the run. Agents conducted raids across the country on Tuesday, according to Belgium’s federal prosecutor.