IS claims responsibility for deadly Brussels explosions
Voice of America - 03/23/2016
The explosions come just days after the arrest of key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in Brussels that have raised fears of revenge attacks to follow.
Max Abrahms, a political science professor at Northeastern University who focuses on terrorism, said the blasts were likely part of operations that were planned prior to the arrest.
“They were in the works and quite likely they were expedited in the immediate aftermath of the capture,” he told VOA.
Crackdowns on terror groups often motivate terrorist cells to action, said Abrahms.
“There’s an incentive for these kinds of terrorist groups to strike back immediately after an apparent loss to the organization in order to communicate that the group isn’t dead,” he said.