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Brussels bombs expose transport vulnerabilities

Police stand guard as rescuers enter the Maelbeek - Maalbeek metro station in Brussels on March 23, 2016The Brussels bombings exposed the vulnerability of publically accessible zones in crowded airports, railway stations and subway systems to terror attacks, and it is a risk that can never be completely eliminated, security analysts say. Islamic State-linked jihadists targeted that weak spot when they detonated bombs that tore through the main hall of Brussels airport and blew up a city-centre metro train, killing about 30 people and wounding more than 200. The bombers carried out their attacks in high profile transport hubs in the Belgian capital, home of NATO headquarters and the European Union, during a period when the country was under a high security alert just four days after the arrest in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam — the prime suspect in the Paris attacks four months earlier that killed 130 people.

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