A Nebraska senator says the deadly Brussels’ bombings underscore the danger terrorism poses to the West.
Media reports from Europe say more than 30 people have died from the bombings in Brussels, Belgium. Around 100 were injured in attacks on the airport and approximately 130 were injured in the attack on a metro station.
“Well, of course, they’re horrific events,” U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Once again, we’re seeing that terrorism continues to thrive, continues to expand around the world, and it’s just a reminder (of) the dangerous world we live in and that we need to be ever vigilant.”
Fischer is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. She chairs the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.
Fischer, in Nebraska during Congress’ Easter break, says she has yet to get the details on the attacks in Brussels.
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, has claimed credit for the attacks; one at the main international airport and the other in a subway station in the heart of the city, very close to the headquarters of the European Union.
Fischer says terrorism must be rooted out wherever it exists. Fischer says the United States must work with its allies to fight terrorism.
“Identify their methods and be able to stop the attacks before they happen,” according to Fischer. “We have done so in the past and we will continue to do that in the future.”
Terrorists struck just before eight o’clock in the morning, Brussels’ time, on Tuesday. Investigators believe the bomb which tore through the airport was hidden in luggage. The second bomb exploded a little more than an hour later, this time igniting in a subway car as it pulled out of the Maelbeek station.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]