Brussels – The ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for the failed June 20 attack at a Brussels train station, local media said.
No one but its perpetrator, identified as Moroccan native Osama, was killed in the incident in the Belgian capital.
The terror organization also claimed responsibility for the Champs Elysees attack in Paris a day earlier that was also a failure. The attack saw a 31-year-old driver attempt to run over people with a vehicle laden with gas canisters.
In a new edition of its multilingual e-magazine, released on the group’s propaganda channels, ISIS said it was behind the two previously unclaimed operations.
The magazine identified both perpetrators as “soldiers of the caliphate” as part of a list of attacks carried out during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, for the first time, the Belgian government is planning on arming over 100 police officers with their service guns loaded with live ammunition during a military and civil parade next week, local media report.
The decision to modify protocol and arm police officers with live ammunition on National Day celebrations on July 21 was announced this week by Belgian Federal Police spokesman Peter De Waele, RTBF channel reported. Military personnel participating in the parade will carry weapons with no live ammunition
The official added that the exceptional measure is related to the terrorist threat level in the country, which is currently at its second highest level.