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    Death Toll from Brussels Attacks Revised Down to 32

    Belgian soldiers stand guard next to one of the memorials to the victims of the recent Brussels attacks, at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, March, 27, 2016.
    Belgian soldiers stand guard next to one of the memorials to the victims of the recent Brussels attacks, at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, March, 27, 2016.

    Belgium authorities said Tuesday that the number of people killed in last week's attacks on the Brussels airport and on a metro station was revised down to 32, excluding the three suicide bombers.

    Officials had previously put the death toll at 35; the error was made by double counting three people with dual citizenship.

    All victims from the twin bombing last Tuesday were identified, and included 17 Belgians and 15 foreigners, said Ine Van Wymersch, a spokeswoman for the Belgian prosecutor's office.

    Authorities also said at least 90 people remain hospitalized, more than 40 of them in intensive care.

    Meanwhile, the United States says more "can and must be done" with regards to boosting intelligence sharing in Europe following last week's deadly terror attacks in Brussels.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the attacks at the Brussels airport and metro are a reminder of how important it is for the "basic fundamentals of intelligence and national security procedures" to be followed.

    Photo released by Belgian federal police on demand of Federal prosecutor shows screengrab of airport CCTV camera showing suspects of this morning's attacks at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, March 22, 2016.
    Photo released by Belgian federal police on demand of Federal prosecutor shows screengrab of airport CCTV camera showing suspects of this morning's attacks at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, March 22, 2016.

    He reiterated U.S. support for Belgium during its investigation.

    Belgium's federal prosecutor said Monday that authorities had to release a man widely reported to be a main suspect because there was no justification to hold him. Before his release, the man identified as Faycal C. faced preliminary charges of "taking part in a terrorist group, terrorist murder and attempted terrorist murder."

    Media reports suggested his name was Faycal Cheffou and that he was believed to be the third individual seen in an airport security camera footage alongside the two men who blew themselves up there. 

    It is not clear whether investigators believe he could be the man seen in the grainy CCTV photo, taken moments before the blast.

    Surveillance footage released

    Earlier Monday, police released more airport surveillance footage and asked the public for help in identifying the man, who was wearing a hat and a white jacket.

    All three men in the video were pushing suitcases, believed to be filled with explosives, through the airport departure hall. Two of the men were killed in the blasts. The third man, whose bomb failed to explode, has been the subject of an intense manhunt.

    Ongoing raids

    Authorities have carried out repeated raids in and around the capital, in an attempt to disrupt what appears to be a tight-knit and expansive terrorist network.

    On Monday, Brussels prosecutors charged three people with involvement in a terrorist group. The men charged were identified as Yassine A., Mohamed B. and Aboubaker O. No other details were released, and the prosecutors did not directly say whether the suspects were involved in the Brussels attack.

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    by: Anonymous
    March 29, 2016 2:16 PM
    The Belgians need shovels more than sympathy. To dig their heads out of the sand. They're under the illusion that if they remain politically neutral and accept every undocumented piece of human garbage into their country, they'll not be targeted by religiously-inspired lunatics rolling in with the rest of the trash. Wake up Belgium and smell the gunpowder.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    March 29, 2016 5:36 AM
    Compared to 9-11 the terrorist attacks on Europe have been pin pricks. Europe has not taken the war on terrorism seriously. In fact they've largely ignored it. They always ignore the threats they create themselves until it's too late. They also fight America when it tries to warn them.

    It may already be too late for Europe. This is one mess the US will not be able to clean up for them. In fact they've made so many mistakes including the undemocratic EU, the failed Euro currency, just to mention two more it seems inevitable to me that Europe is going to crash and burn. And now they may have a new problem. Having relied on American taxpayers to foot the bill for their defense for the last 70 years, at least one Presidential candidate says ENOUGH! Europe start paying your fair share or manage your own defense yourselves.

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