3/22/16, "Bombs used in Brussels attacks contained nails," NBC News, Brussels, via WKYC
"Three bombs were used in the deadly attack at Brussels Airport,
although one of the explosives did not detonate, the governor of Flemish
Brabant province said.
All of the bombs contained nails,
according to officials at the Hospital Gasthuisberg in Leuven, east of
Brussels. The hospital treated 13 of the victims, and officials said
most of them suffered fractures, burns and deep cuts caused by metal
objects. Five of them were seriously injured. Twin blasts rocked
the check-in zone of Brussels Airport on Tuesday, killing and wounding
scores of people, while another explosion shook a metro station in the
At least 11 people were killed at the airport,
and another 20 at the Maelbeek Metro Station, which was also rocked by a
blast less than an hour after the airport attack.
their own "individual signature" thanks to the materials used, as well
as possible DNA left behind by the bomb maker, said NBC News analyst
Clint Van Zandt, a former FBI profiler.
Van Zandt said
investigators may be looking for any connection between Tuesday
morning's attack and the Nov. 13 siege on Paris in order to identify the
suspects in Brussels. ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks.
(the bomb) match what was found in Paris to then tie those two groups
together?" Van Zandt said on TODAY. "They'll be looking with any other
forensic evidence they can find.""
"Some victims have nails in their bodies.”
3/22/16, "What Is A Nail Bomb? Brussels Terror Attack Victims' Bodies Were Pelted With Sharp Shrapnel," IB Times, Alex Garofalo
"The assailants in a devastating terrorist attack
in Brussels on Tuesday appear to have used nail bombs in the attack,
according to reports. The separate attacks left at least 30 people dead
and well over 100 wounded from explosions in the city's international
airport and at a busy metro station. The terror suspects who launched
the attacks were not immediately identified.
attackers in Belgium used nail bombs Tuesday to maximize pain and
destruction. Marc Decramer, a spokesman for the University Hospital
Gasthuisberg in Leuven, told reporters: “The bomb contained nails to
create more victims. Some victims have nails in their bodies.”
devices packed with nails increase the severity of the bombs' ability
to wound targets. The nails act as additional shrapnel, leading to
greater loss of life and injury in inhabited areas than an explosive
alone. The crude weapons are commonly used by terrorists, especially
Nail bombs were used in the
similar April 2011 subway bombing in Minsk, Belarus, as well as the
Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. In the latter instance, nails
were used in the pressure cooker bombs fashioned by brothers Dzhokhar
and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Brussels metro stations were set to
reopen Tuesday at 4 p.m. local time with about 500 soldiers guarding the
metro system, according to a tweet by Jacqueline Galant, a Belgian