Local international expert explains methods used in Brussels attacks

ISIS has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attacks in Brussels

Belgium Airport
In this image provided by Daniela Schwarzer, smoke is seen at Brussels airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (Daniela Schwarzer via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Screams of panic could be heard from a smoky terminal in Brussels, Tuesday morning, following one of two terrorist attacks that left at least 31 dead, and hundreds injured. The terrorist attacks are just one of several the world has seen over the past two decades.

Rachel Wescott of Holyoke told 22News although terrorist attacks are always devastating to hear about, they’ve also become a new norm. “I mean it’s not any less sad, but it’s just happens almost every day,” she said.

There have been at least three terrorist attacks in Europe over the past two years: Charlie Hebdo, Paris, and now Brussels. International Business Professor Gary Lefort told 22News Tuesday’s attack hit closer to home for Americans. The terminal is used by international carriers, including American Airlines.

22News asked Lefort how this attack affects the rest of the world. “I think it certainly puts the rest of the Europe, especially France, Germany, and the UK on notice that it could easily happen there. It certainly puts the United States on notice that it could easily happen here as well,” he said.

ISIS claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks, but one question remains; why? Lefort said there are several possibilities. “One possibility is that it’s in response to the capturing last week of Abdeslam,” he said.

Just days ago, Salah Abdeslam was arrested in Brussels for his alleged involvement in November’s Paris attacks, that left 130 people dead.

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