#5 of 10 Most Popular News Galleries of 2016: Deadly attacks in Brussels, Belgium

(Originally posted on March 25, 2016)

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A grieving Belgium on Thursday hunted two fugitive suspects after bombings that struck at the very heart of Europe, as security authorities faced mounting criticism over the country's worst-ever attacks.

With growing evidence of links between Tuesday's bombings and similar attacks that struck France in November, key Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam insisted he was unaware of plans to strike the Belgian capital.

Thousands of Belgians were expected to observe another minute of silence on the third and final day of mourning for the 31 people from all over the world killed in the attacks, while doctors battled to save scores more critically injured.

A huge manhunt is already under way for a third attacker at Brussels airport, who was seen on security footage with Ibrahim El Bakraoui and a man identified as Najim Laachraoui, but whose bomb did not go off.

The attacks have stunned Brussels, home to the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, and candles, Belgian flags and teddy bears were piling up in the central Place de la Bourse with tributes left to the victims of the attacks. (AFP)

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