"On March 22, 2016, coordinated bombings in Brussels, Belgium, killed at least 32 people and injured more than 300 at the city's international airport and a downtown metro station near the headquarters of the European Union (EU). Four Americans were killed and a dozen injured. Belgian officials declared the bombings acts of terrorism, and the Islamic State organization claimed responsibility. The bombings followed the March 18 capture in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to have been directly involved in the November 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Authorities have linked Abdeslam to the three identified Brussels suicide bombers--including Najim Laachraoui, who may have constructed the explosive devices used in both the Brussels and Paris attacks, and Mohamed Abrini, arrested in early April in connection with both attacks. These incidents are the latest in a number of Islamist terrorist attacks in Europe. Over the past two years, many attacks and thwarted plots appear connected to the Islamic State and were perpetrated by European citizens of Muslim background who have trained or fought in Syria and Iraq."
CRS Insight, IN10209
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html