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Misidentified Footage Circulated as 'Brussels Attack Video'

A video from the 2011 Minsk Metro bombing was shared on Twitter as legitimate footage of the March 2016 terrorist attack on Brussels.

Published Mar 22, 2016

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A video shows the "moment the explosion" of a terrorist attack occurred in the Brussels airport on 22 March 2016. .

On 22 March 2016, a terrorist attack involving explosives detonated at an airport and a subway station in Brussels, Belgium, killed at least 30 people:

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a series of deadly terrorist attacks that struck Brussels, killing at least 30 people at the city’s main international airport and in a subway station at the heart of the city, near the headquarters of the European Union.

The deadly violence began shortly before 8 a.m. with an explosion in the departure terminal at Brussels Airport, followed shortly by another. Then, at 9:11 a.m., a bomb tore through the last car of a subway train as it was pulling out of the Maelbeek station.

At least 30 people were killed: around 10 at the airport and 20 at the subway station — and more than 230 others were wounded.

Shortly after the attack, a video that purportedly captured one of those explosions began started circulating on Twitter, posted by the VRT deredactie.be news outlet. A version of the video was also circulated via YouTube:

This CCTV footage, however, was not taken during the Brussels attack on 21 March 2016. This video actually shows a bombing that occurred on 11 April 2011 and killed at least 15 people on the Minsk Metro in Belarus:

VRT deredactie.be apologized for posting footage from the 2011 Minsk bombing in conjunction with the Brussels attack:


At least one other video purportedly showing the moment an explosion was set off in Brussels was circulated online immediately after the attack:

This video was also taken from the 2011 Minsk Metro bombing:

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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