Daesh issues threat to countries following Brussels attacks

Published March 23rd, 2016 - 06:33 GMT
Mourners light candles and bring flowers to honor those killed in the Brussels attacks. (AFP/File)
Mourners light candles and bring flowers to honor those killed in the Brussels attacks. (AFP/File)

Daesh has released an updated communique claiming responsibility for the Brussels attacks and threatening other countries participating in the anti-Daesh coalition.

The statement vowed to bring "dark days" to countries allied against Daesh, threatening that "what is coming is worse and more bitter."

"And what awaits you will be even harsher, even more bitter, by the permission of Allah."

The communique was published in Arabic and French, and an English translation was provide by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites.

The statement also claimed that all attackers had blown themselves up. However, only two bombers died in the attacks while the third is believed to have fled, after police authorities found and destroyed a discarded explosive belt.

Daesh also released photos purportedly showing its fighters in Syria clebrating the Brussels attacks by giving out candy to children, according to SITE.

At least 30 people were killed in three bombings at the Belgian capital's main airport and a Metro station near European Union headquarters.

Alongside al-Qaeda, Daesh is considered one of the few international extremist organisations with the means and manpower to target a European city on this scale.

A joint statement from heads of EU states described the bombings as an “attack on our open democratic society”. 


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