Islamic State group carried out Brussels attacks: IS-linked agency

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Beirut (AFP)

The Islamic State group was responsible for Tuesday's deadly attacks in Brussels that killed about 35 people, an online news agency affiliated with the jihadists said.

"Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices on Tuesday, targeting an airport and a central metro station in the centre of the Belgian capital Brussels, a country participating in the international coalition against the Islamic State," the Aamaq news agency said.

"Islamic State fighters opened fire inside Zaventem Airport, before several of them detonated their explosive belts, as a martyrdom bomber detonated his explosive belt in the Maalbeek metro station," the agency said in a report published on its English-language site.

IS had not yet released any official claim of responsibility for the attacks, which also left more than 200 people wounded.

The bloodshed came just four days after the dramatic arrest in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam -- the prime suspect in the Paris attacks claimed by IS -- after four months on the run.