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Brussels Attacks: A Poor Plan Executed With Good Bombs

Mar 23, 2016 | 21:48 GMT
A picture released on March 22, 2016 by the Belgian federal police on demand of the Federal prosecutor shows a screengrab of the airport CCTV camera showing three suspects of this morning's attacks at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem  BELGIAN FEDERAL POLICE
During the March 22 Brussels airport bombings, the suspected attackers, shown here in CCTV footage, used advanced improvised explosive devices.
(BELGIAN FEDERAL POLICE)

Details of the March 22 attacks in Brussels are still emerging. But new information from several sources suggests the attacks were smaller than originally planned and may have been rushed -- most likely by the March 18 arrest of Salah Abdeslam, a surviving member of the cell that conducted the Nov. 13 Paris attacks. However, what the attacks lacked in planning, they made up for in the quality of the bombs used....

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