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Western Europe Has Seen String of Terror Attacks in Recent Years

A key suspect in November's Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was arrested in Brussels on March 18, 2016



    Western Europe Has Seen String of Terror Attacks in Recent Years
    Police officers secure a street during a raid in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels, Belgium, on Friday March 18, 2016. After an intense four-month manhunt across Europe and beyond, police on Friday captured Salah Abdeslam, the top fugitive in the Paris attacks in the same Brussels neighborhood where he grew up.

    Deadly attacks Tuesday at the Brussels airport and a metro station in the city are the latest in a string of attacks in Europe in recent years.

    Recent major attacks include:

    — Nov. 13, 2015: Islamic State-linked extremists attack the Bataclan concert hall and other sites across Paris, killing 130 people. A key suspect in the attack, 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam, is arrested in Brussels on March 18, 2016.

    — Jan. 7, 2015: A gun assault on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo kills 12 people. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility for the attack, saying it was in revenge for Charlie Hebdo's depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

    — May 24, 2014: Four people are killed at the Jewish Museum in Brussels by an intruder with a Kalashnikov. The accused is a former French fighter linked to the Islamic State group in Syria.

    — May 22, 2013: Two al-Qaida-inspired extremists run down British soldier Lee Rigby in a London street, then stab and hack him to death.

    — March 2012: A gunman claiming links to al-Qaida kills three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in Toulouse, southern France.

    — July 22, 2011: Anti-Muslim extremist Anders Behring Breivik plants a bomb in Oslo then launches a shooting massacre on a youth camp on Norway's Utoya island, killing 77 people, many of them teenagers.

    — Nov. 2, 2011: The offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris are firebombed after the satirical magazine runs a cover featuring a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. No one is injured.

    — July 7, 2005: 52 commuters are killed in London when four al Qaida-inspired suicide bombers blow themselves up on three subway trains and a bus.

    Blown-Out Metro Car Doors Seen in Brussels Aftermath

    [NATL] Blown-Out Metro Car Doors Seen in Brussels Aftermath
    Caution: may be disturbing to some viewers. Video shows blown-out metro car doors in the aftermath of bombings at the Maelbeek Metro Station in Brussels, Belgium.
    (Published Thursday, March 24, 2016)

    — March 11, 2004: Bombs on three commuter trains in rush-hour, bound to Madrid's Atocha station, kill 191 people in Europe's worst Islamic extremist attack.