EU Holds Emergency Security Meeting in Brussels
European Union justice and security ministers are meeting in Brussels Thursday to discuss ways to increase intelligence and security.
Terrorists carried out two bomb attacks in the Belgian capital Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding 300 others. Police are searching for one additional suspect in the attacks.
Officials earlier identified Khalid el-Bakraoui as the attacker in the bombing at the Maelbeek underground train station. Twenty people were killed in that explosion. Security video shows another man walking with Bakraoui. Belgian media report that police believe this second man could also have been involved.
El-Bakraoui's brother Ibrahim has been officially identified as one of the two suicide bombers in the attack on the airport the same day.
Media have reported the name of the second airport bomber as Najim Laachraoui. He is a bombmaker for Islamic State and considered a main partner in the Paris terror attacks last November.
A third man walking with the suicide bombers also appears in airport video. The recording shows him pushing a cart.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the Brussels attacks, as it did for the Paris attacks in November.
Police say evidence suggests increasingly closer links between the Brussels and Paris terrorist strikes. The findings are raising questions about weaknesses in intelligence sharing and security cooperation.
These questions will be a major part of Thursday's EU meeting.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker spoke to reporters in Brussels Wednesday. He described proposals for tighter border controls and measures to make it more difficult to get firearms within the EU. "We need to have a union of security," he said.
Europe's visa-free system is also under increasing scrutiny. The system already is under heavy pressure from Europe's refugee crisis.
Belgian officials are being pressured to explain how a terrorist network was able to plot and carry out two attacks from Belgium within months.
Also, Turkish officials said Wednesday they had caught Ibrahim el Bakraoui in 2013 at the Syrian border. They said they sent him to the Netherlands.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters: "Despite our warnings that this person was a foreign terrorist fighter, the Belgian authorities could not identify a link to terrorism."
Belgian officials say the el-Bakraoui brothers were mainly known as criminals who spent time in prison.
But, EU Commission President Juncker urged people to support Belgium. "Who is at fault in the area of terrorism?" he asked in an interview. "Let's not start criticizing Belgium. I don't share this scorn."
Attack 'almost inevitable'
Michael Hayden is a former director of the U.S. National Security Agency. He told VOA that the terror in Brussels was "almost inevitable."
Hayden said, "If you look at what has happened...the soft targets, the transportation targets, the maximum civilian casualties, (it's) something we could see."
Hayden also said it is "certainly not the last" attack Islamic State will carry out. The group has a "network that seems to be active and thriving in the heart of Europe," Hayden added.
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1.carried out 开展；实施
A drastic reformation of the present housing system has been carried out.
2.at least 至少
They spend at least nine months of the year on the wing.
3.underground train 地铁
The quickest way to go round the city is by underground train.
4.terror attack 恐怖袭击
The White House has issued an alert for American tourists traveling in Europe over fears of a terror attack.
1.The system already is under heavy pressure from Europe's refugee crisis.
refugee crisis 难民危机
A collapse in North Korea could leave South Korea and China, its immediate neighbours, facing a refugee crisis.
Turkey has warned it may need international help to deal with the refugee crisis.
2.El-Bakraoui's brother Ibrahim has been officially identified as one of the two suicide bombers in the attack on the airport the same day.
suicide bombers 自杀式炸弹袭击
I think the suicide bombers do have ideals.
His life was under constant threat, from roadside bombs, insurgent snipers, and al-Qaeda suicide bombers.
周二，恐怖分子在比利时首都制造了两起炸弹袭击，造成至少31人死亡，300多人受伤 。警方正在搜捕袭击事件中的另一名在逃嫌犯 。
政府官员此前已确认哈立德·巴克拉乌伊（Khalid el-Bakraoui）是马尔比克地铁站爆炸案中的袭击者 。20多人在这起爆炸中丧生 。监控录像显示还有一名男子与巴克拉乌伊同行 。据比利时媒体报道称，警方认为这名男子或涉案 。
媒体已经公布另一名机场炸弹袭击者纳吉姆·拉赫劳利（Najim Laachraoui） 。他负责为“伊斯兰国”组织制造炸弹，而且被警方认定为去年11月法国巴黎恐怖袭击事件的帮凶 。
监控录像里还出现一名与两位自杀式炸弹袭击者同行的男子 。当时他推着一辆满载的行李车 。
警方称，证据显示布鲁塞尔和巴黎恐怖袭击事件之间有着越来越密切的联系 。因此人们开始质疑情报共享和安全协作的严密性 。
周三，欧盟委员会主席容克在布鲁塞尔对记者发表了演讲 。他陈述了加强边境控制的提案以及加强欧盟范围内枪支管理的措施 。他表示，“我们需要一个安全的联盟 。”
周三，土耳其官员表示，2013年他们曾经在土耳其边境抓到易卜拉欣·巴克拉乌伊（Ibrahim el Bakraoui） 。他们表示，之后把易卜拉欣遣送到了荷兰 。
欧盟委员会主席容克呼吁人们支持比利时 。当接受采访时被问及“此次遭遇恐怖袭击是谁的错？”时，他表示“现在不是指责比利时的时候，我反对这种轻视 。”
海登还表示，很显然“伊斯兰国”组织不会就此收手 。该组织在“欧洲心脏”地区似乎拥有一个活跃、庞大的网络系统 。