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All Eyes on Molenbeek After Deadly Brussels Attacks

Young people who feel like they don't belong in Europe are turning to radical Islam, experts have warned

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    All Eyes on Brussels Suburb of Molenbeek After Deadly Attacks
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    In this photo taken on Friday, March 18, 2016, lights of cars reflect behind a sign in the Molenbeek district of Brussels. Police raiding an apartment building on Friday captured Salah Abdelslam, Europe's most wanted fugitive Friday, arresting the prime suspect in last year's deadly Paris attacks in the same Brussels neighborhood where he grew up.

    Tuesday's deadly blasts in Brussels shine the spotlight on Molenbeek, a poor suburb of Belgium's capital city that has long been a hotbed of Islamist extremism, NBC News reported.

    Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was nabbed in Molenbeek during a raid on Friday, and on Tuesday, explosions rocked the city's metro stations and the international airport, killing at least 15 and wounding dozens more.

    Young people who feel like they don't belong in Europe are turning to radical Islam, experts have warned, likely laying the foundation for the region's recent string of attacks.

    "We are breeding a generation of kids who are estranged from their own societies," U.K.-based expert on radicalization Bill Durodie said.

    With a population of just 11 million, tiny Belgium has the highest number per capita of militants fighting in Syria and Iraq, many of whom are from Molenbeek, according to experts.