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Brussels Bombing Trial


A trial began yesterday for 10 Islamic State extremists accused of the 2016 bombings at an airport and a subway station in Brussels, Belgium, that killed 32 people and injured hundreds. The bombings are the deadliest peacetime attack in Belgium, and the trial is considered the largest in the nation's history.

The Brussels trial follows a similar trial in Paris, which concluded in June and focused on a group of Islamic State extremists who carried out a series of attacks

one night in 2015, which left 130 people dead. The attack was the deadliest in France since World War II. Six of the defendants in the Brussels case were convicted in the Paris case, including Salah Abdeslam, who is the lone survivor of the Paris attacks and serving life without parole.

Unlike the French trial, the Belgian trial will be decided by a jury. It is expected to feature testimony from over 300 witnesses and last six to nine months.

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