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On March 22, 2016, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a statement claiming responsibility for today's attacks in Brussels. The statement, which was posted on the ISIS-affiliated leading jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam, noted that a group of fighters in suicide belts and carrying machine guns and bombs had stormed "carefully selected targets" and killed a number of "crusaders" in the airport and the metro station before blowing themselves up.
The statement also promised the "alliance of crusaders" that it would see "dark days in response to their aggression against the Islamic State." It said: "What awaits you will be grievous and bitter, with Allah's permission. Thanks to Allah for [granting us] success, and we ask him to accept our brothers as martyrs."
Source: shamikh1.biz/vb, March 22, 2016.