The Islamic State-affiliated news agency has issued a statement claiming responsibility for Tuesday’s deadly attacks in Brussels, which left more than 31 persons dead and dozens injured.
The heinous Islamic death cult made the disclosure known via its official channel on Telegram, and also on social media platform.
The statement reads: “Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices on Tuesday, targeting an airport and a central metro station in the center of the Belgian capital Brussels, a country participating in the coalition against the Islamic State.”
“Islamic State fighters opened fire inside the Zaventem airport, before several of them detonated their explosive belts, as a martyrdom bomber detonated his explosive belt in the Maalbeek metro station.”
Meanwhile, the deputy prime minister of Belgium, Jan Jambon, has declared that the country will be in a state of mourning for three days, starting from today, even as countries around the world have expressed solidarity over the attacks.
President François Hollande of France directed flags to be flown at half-staff, while on Tuesday night, the Eiffel Tower is to be lit in red and yellow, which along with black are the colors of Belgium’s national flag.
Speaking on the tragedy, President Barrack Obama, who was briefed on the explosions on Tuesday morning at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, where he was staying on the third day of his Cuban visit, said:
“We will do whatever is necessary to support our friends in Belgium.”
“We stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people,” he said. “This is yet another reminder that the world must unite, we must be together.”
It will be recalled, more than 31 people were feared dead and dozens injured in attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station.
The twin blasts hit Zaventem airport at about 07:00 GMT, with 11 people reported killed.
Another explosion struck Maelbeek metro station near EU headquarters an hour later, leaving about 20 people dead.