Belgium is struggling to come to terms with the devastating terror attack that struck Brussels on 22 March. The number of victims in the suicide attacks have gone up to 35. Just after the Islamic State claimed responsibility of the deadly blasts in Brussels Airport and Maelbeek metro station, a horrifying new IS video has emerged warning that Brussels was "just a taste of what is to come," according to Mirror UK.
Based on the translations by Mirror, Hicham Chaib, the terror's group chief executioner and loyalist, appears in the video and addresses "the Belgian government, the servants of Obama, his undignified slaves" in Arabic. The footage also includes images of air strikes in conflict-ridden Syria and the Brussels terror attacks. He says that Belgium has reaped what it has sown, as per the report.
Chaib also issues a threat in the video saying as Muslims are bombarded with F-16 planes, the terror group will kill more people.
In the past too, the Islamic State has made use of technology and social media to spread its propaganda. The nine-minute video that first appeared on 26 March and was later published on social media. According to the report, the video ends with the image of a prisoner who is shot and executed.
Who is Hicham Chaib?
The 34-year-old executioner has claimed to have carried out beheadings, executions and killings in Syria, says a report in the Daily Mail UK. Chaib, who is also known by "the nom de guerre Abu Haniefa" is an organiser of the Sharia4Belgium group, a radical Islamist group, the report said.
Chaib joined the Islamic State in March 2013 and is now considered to be a poster boy among extremists in Belgium, as per the report. He has released and appeared in many such propaganda videos, the report added.
Meanwhile, the Belgian police released a video of a mysterious man in a dark hat seen in the company of the bombers who attacked Brussels Airport, indicating that he is still at large. They are trying to identify the man. Belgian authorities also announced that three more people swept up in police raids that followed the attacks on the airport and on a Brussels subway train were being held on charges of participating in terrorist activities.
The Guardian also reported that youths in the Molenbeek district of Brussels got text messages in French saying, “My brother, why not fight the westerners? Make the right choice in your life.” The report added that activists believe that the terror outfit took the contacts from the new recruits.
With inputs from AP
First Published On : Mar 29, 2016 14:08 IST