Atrocity in Brussels

gty_brussels_attack_20_jc_160322_16x9_992This Tuesday was another teary-eyed day for people all over the world. Brussels, Belgium was hit by horrific terror attacks that killed 31 and injured 260 others when suicide bombers with suitcase bombs detonated at the Maelbeek metro station and the Zaventem international airport. While this attack comes as a familiarity more than a shock, as terrorist attacks have recently frequented Western nations, it has also reinforced the meaning and importance of the Department of Homeland Security’s slogan ‘SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING.’ Within hours of the explosions Tuesday morning, a local taxi driver came forward to Belgian officials claiming to have driven three men to the airport under what he considered very suspicious circumstances. According to reports, the men said that they ordered a van, and seemed to be upset when the smaller taxi cab pulled up to their apartment. As they began loading their luggage into the car, the driver noticed that they had far too many suitcases for three people, and that they were unusually heavy. Additionally, they refused his help when he offered to load the luggage for them. They made it very clear that they did not want him touching their bags, and even left one suitcase behind when it did not fit. These suspicious factors led the taxi driver straight to police as soon as he heard of the bombings. With his help, the police were able to immediately identify one of the suspects and collect a plethora of clues to connect the dots to the notorious terror cell responsible for this atrocity. President Obama later declared that “the United States will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsible, and [that] we stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people."