Brussels Bombings and how it affected the people
Brussels Bombings: 22 March 2016 a day when three co-ordinated bombings occurred almost simultaneously and targeted two airports and a metro station. These attacks took 32 people lives and over 300 people were severely injured.
These bombings had direct impact to people that were involved at the scene e.g. commuting to or from work, tourists and other people that appeared at wrong place at wrong time and the incident resulted in 32 causalities. The rest 300 people that got injured during an incident probably will remember it for the rest of their lives and some of them may even develop or already have developed diseases like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A lot of people that got injured, but survived the bombing developed serious injuries that will probably will not let them to work or live their life as they used to. This will cause loss of income and affect their family.
Belgium has raised its terrorism alert to its highest level and this affects Belgium’s public sector and especially the emergency services which has to be extra focused and ready for further unexpected planned attacks.
This major incident not only affected local communities in terms of them being afraid to commute to work or just be in highly populated areas like events, cinemas or shopping malls, but also it caused concerns for other European Union countries as they can expect attack as well.
The airport and metro station were destroyed and are unable to perform their functions anymore, so public transportation had to be completely halted, till security services could have obtained control of the situation.
Long and short term effects of attacks in Belgium
Short terms effects of the bombings for people was an immediate shock and danger to life. And as public transportation was put to a complete stop, some people did no go to work, kids did not attend lessons at school. To obtain intelligence or capture terrorists, raids and searches were made across Belgium, while security was heightened in a number of countries as a result of the attacks.
This had an effect to the countries that are vulnerable to terrorist attacks and especially European countries including UK. As most of EU countries including Belgium also participated in military intervention in Iraq Civil War. On 12 November 2015 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL, had ordered retaliatory attacks on coalition countries where Belgium was a part of it.
Long term effects would be an increased incident planning for public services, increased security measures like CCTV and monitoring electronic communications.
This attack can also trigger future conflicts with ISIL and Middle East as they claimed responsibility for the bombings. That means that the whole European Union has to be careful and invest extra money on resources and training against terrorism. Also further security measures like checks in airports can be increased significantly, to reduce the chance or interfere with any terrorism act.
Belgium police had to use water cannons to calm violent right wing protesters against ISIL couple of days after the incident.