The Tuesday terror attacks in Brussels, which killed more than 30 people and were linked to the Islamic State group, dominated newspapers around the world Wednesday. Media outlets in Europe devoted most of their coverage to the massacre, according to the Wrap, but a survey of front pages collected by American journalism museum Newseum showed the incidents made headlines in Asia and South America, as well.
Explosions in the Brussels Airport and Maelbeek subway station left more than 30 people dead and more than 200 wounded Tuesday, days after police arrested the final suspect in the November Paris attacks. The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, took responsibility for the bombings. Authorities released photos of the suspects, two of whom were later identified as brothers Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui, BBC News reported.
Many organizations paired their front-page coverage with editorials condemning the attacks and calling for action.
"Brussels was hit in the heart. Innocent people died. They went on holiday, returning to the country. They were going to work, to school. Nothing, nothing can justify such barbarity," wrote La Libre, which has its headquarters in Brussels. "This absolute carnage reminds us cruelly and painfully that the fight against terrorism will never be finished."
The Guardian, which has its main offices in London, demanded a response — but not a war. "Getting to the bottom of how this could happen, and where security failed, is of course essential," it wrote. "But as well as resilience and resolve, it is just as important that Belgium and its European partners maintain some perspective and keep a cool head. The rights and values that Europe avows will be tested by the way that its societies confront groups that want to sow death and division in their midst."
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times rebuked American presidential candidates who have proposed suspending Muslim immigration into the United States. The paper's editorial board condemned billionaire Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for spreading what it called anti-Muslim sentiment. It also referenced the Sept. 11, 2001, terror plot and the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 last December.
"As the attack in San Bernardino — and 9/11 before it — demonstrated, America isn't immune to terrorist attacks. But Muslims in the U.S. are more integrated into the larger society than they are in some European communities, where segregation and alienation has played into the hands of terrorist recruiters," it wrote. "Indiscriminate bans on Muslim immigration or 'patrols' of Muslim neighborhoods send the message that Muslims are strangers to this country — the same message that Islamic State is propagating."