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34 people were killed and 170 plus were injured in Brussels on Tuesday when two explosions took place at Zaventem Airport - Near the American Airlines check-in counter followed by Brussel Airlines ticket counter.
Eventually, another blast occurred at Maelbeek metro station, which is the centre of the city and close to European Union (EU) office, which killed 15. Brussels is considered as a de facto capital of EU.
According to media reports, metro and rail services have been suspended. The airport has also been temporarily shut.
Significantly, airport attacks are a common form of terrorism, as airports are a 'soft spot'. We dive into the details of past terror attacks perpetrated at airports and metro stations, why public transportation are so often attacked.
Here is what we find:
This attack follows the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, a planner of the November Paris attacks, from a Brussels neighbourhood.
Check-in counters, baggage claim areas, ticket desks, these have always been taken as soft targets.
Apart from airports, tube rails are fast becoming terror targets in Europe.
Edited by Sahil Bhalla
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