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making news in america this morning, terror in brussels. a massive search under way right now. the mystery man in the hat and white coat moments before the airport explosion, the clues already surfacing from this photo. why one glove on both of these men? plus, caught in the chaos. >> there was a massive explosion. it was really like a whoosh. >> the american helping people from the mangled train. >> he was extremely close to the blast. >> and the man from utah who has now witnessed his third terror attack, boston, paris and brussels. >> we have live team coverage on the survival stories, the investigation and the security here at home.
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good wednesday morning. we're going to get started with brussels on edge this morning as authorities hunt for those responsible for the terror attacks. >> this morning raids are happening across belgium, the search uncovering explosive devices and an isis flag. >> take a look at this picture. three men seen at the airport before the explosion. investigators believe one of them is on the run. the other two identified moments ago as brothers with criminal records. >> and proof the attackers wanted to cause maximum damage, an x-ray from a survivor shows a three-inch bolt in the patient's chest likely from one of the bombs. >> live team coverage and bazi kanani is standing by in washington, d.c. but we'll get started with alex marquardt who is in brussels this morning and alex, those local media reports just identified two of the airport bombers. >> reporter: good morning,
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kendis, that's right. the two men on the left side believed to be brothers. this according to rtf. the names that they released this morning is khalid and brahim bakraoui going through the airport with that third man. you can see those big bags on the cart believed to be the two suicide bombers who detonated their explosives just after 8:00 yesterday morning at zaventem international airport. the way they were identified was reportedly through a taxi driver who took them to the airport. once authorities released that photo of the three men, the taxi driver recognized them, got in touch with the police and told the police where he picked them up. that was the neighborhood called sc scarbeck. they went to that house and raided it as you mentioned and found an explosive device containing nails as well as chemicals and an isis flag. >> speaking of those raids what do we know about the search for
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that third suspect? >> reporter: the third suspect is now the prime suspect, the one who got away. we don't know whether he was meant to be a suicide bomber. i was at the airport. there was a third explosion. that was a controlled explosion by the authorities to detonate now we understand explosives that didn't go off. now, whether that third man was meant to be a suicide bomber is not clear. there is speculation and i emphasize this is speculation, not confirmed. hopefully we'll get guidance later on the third man could be someone named najim laachraoui. his name and note to were released as a man who was connected to the paris attacks, connected to salah abdeslam who was arrested friday. he is believed to be the bombmaker for the paris attacks. his dna has been found in a house near brussels where traces of explosives were found and used in paris a very many
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specific, very complex type of explosive called tatp which is able to be built with chemicals and elements you buy over the counter. at the same time it's extremely volatile so you need someone specialized to put it together and authorities believe that the person who has been putting some of these together and supplying hem to the isis-related groups is this 24-year-old named najim laachraoui. >> some interesting new details coming out of there. a 24-year-old possibly linked to all of this. alex, i know it's been just over 24 hours since we were talking about all of this. how has the mood of that city changed? >> reporter: it's a strange mood. i know this city well. it's eerie. i'm on one of the main avenues in the center of brussels and has been shut down. the public transportation system yesterday was completely shut down. now it's coming back online. many of the buses are back up the airport estimate is closed.
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it's expected to re-open tomorrow. this is what they call the place de la bource and a memorial is growing and people have been coming out to lay flowers, light candles, pay their respects. up there at the top of the stairs there is a sign that united against hate so we're seeing a lot of the same feelings of sadness, anger, nervousness after we saw after the paris attacks. this square here very reminiscent of what we saw on the place de la republiclique. >> growing memorial to the victims. alex marquardt joining us from brussels. investigators are analyzing the surveillance images of the suicide bombers. >> okay, of course, you saw these photos and they're wheeling luggage carts. wearing black gloves on their left hands which may have
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concealed the triggers for the bomb. >> whether it's wires, strings, a button, something is in there that they -- when they move their hand, it actually makes the bomb go off. >> belgian authorities established a connection to a site and the paris mastermind captured. >> back in this country commuters will be seeing increased security at airports and train stations this morning. >> yeah, with many images like these from the brussels subway attack u.s. officials are taking no chances, even though they insist there is no specific threat against the homeland here. abc's bazi kanani has more now from washington. >> reporter: this morning, passengers and major american cities are seeing more of this. >> we've seen a lot more police presence. >> reporter: from new york to washington, d.c., chicago to los angeles, increased security and more officers in subways, train stations and airports. after the horrific terror attacks in brussels authorities
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in the u.s. are taking no chances. the only night from brussels to the u.s. tuesday was stopped on the tarmac, not even allowed to the gate until after passengers and bags were screened. >> they just told us there was a situation. we're just going to take time for security. >> reporter: a brief scare in denver. part of the terminal evacuated until some suspicious baggage was cleared. in houston getting ready to host 100,000 fans, officers are working with heightened concern. >> three, two, one. >> reporter: over the last year as a u.s.-led coalition pushed isis out of more of its territory in the middle east, experts say the group created sleeper cells to strike abroad. >> we know that isis created an external attack division last year. >> reporter: u.s. officials say they are not aware of any isis cells in the u.s. at present. but the fbi is monitoring dozens of americans across the country who have shown sympathies for isis. in the past few years, 103
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americans were charged with trying to join or support isis, far fewer than in europe. >> the muslim-american communities here in the united states are not as isolated, not as alienated as what we've seen in certain places in europe. >> reporter: and the state department has issued another advisory for americans traveling to europe. warning that terrorists are planning more attacks there at sporting events, tourist sites and on public transportation. reena, kendis. >> everybody on high alert, bazi kanani live in washington, thank you so much. a terror attack came as president obama was wrapping up his visit to cuba. in a nationally televised speech he made a brief reference saying the u.s. stands with the people there and will do whatever it can to bring those responsible to justice and the president kept to his schedule attending the tampa bay rays game and spoke about his reasons for attending. >> what they can do is scare and
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make people afraid and disrupt our daily lives and divide us. and as long as we don't allow that to happen, we're going to be okay. >> the president is now in argentina for a state dinner and for a town hall event with young people. >> first family arriving overnight. results still coming in from an important primary date. plus the candidates reacting to the attack. an american hero helping pry the door open getting people to safety. the pictures seen around the world. an injured woman at the brussels airport. what we're learning about her.
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more from brussels in a moment but first the election results coming in overnight.
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>> republicans in arizona giving a landslide win to donald trump who gets all of the state's 58 delegates there. >> however, ted cruz wins the republican presidential caucuses in utah. his victory more than 50% meaning that he gets all 40 delegates. >> for the democrats hillary clinton getting the win in arizona. >> but bernie sanders wins the democratic caucuses in utah. and he wins idaho, as well, saying overnight that those two wins give him confidence of major victories to come. >> but the biggest story may have been the long lines at the polls. some voters waiting up to five hours to cast their ballots in arizona, witnesses say an elderly woman fainted while waiting in the phoenix area. hundreds of voters were still in line when clinton and trump were named as the projected winners. >> well, the feud between ted cruz and donald trump is escalating started with the release of a new ad supporting ted cruz featuring a scantily clad melania trump. it comes from a past "gq" photo
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shoot. trump cold cruz to be careful and threatened to spill the beans about cruz's wife. cruz later responding saying he had nothing to do with the ad and say if you try to attack heidi, you're more of a coward than i thought. >> some fighting words between the boys. when key come back, the massive manhunt. caught on camera, 5-year-old girl saving her mother after she suffered a seizure in a pool. is caused joint pain. just like my moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. and i was worried about joint damage. my doctor said joint pain from ra can be a sign of existing joint damage that could only get worse. he prescribed enbrel to help relieve pain and help stop further damage. enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal, events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders
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scenes from around the world now a day after the terror attacks. authorities say they've identified the brussels bombers seen pushing luggage carts. reports indicate the two brothers, they are brothers with criminal records who have been linked to a brussels apartment where one of the paris attackers' fingerprints were found. >> a manhunt continues for others hype the bombings larry the man seen on airport surveillance. raids have turned up another explosive device mpacked with nails and the state department issued a travel alert warning them about traveling throughout europe especially during the easter holiday. >> hearing from the americans who were trapped after the attack.
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brian carroll from washington, d.c. was on board that train and helped pry the door open after the explosion. >> as we're pulling into the maalbeek station there was a massive explosion. we heard it. we felt it. the car immediately or train immediately stopped. the lights went out, the power went out on the train. everyone fell to the ground immediately. it was clear to me at least that this was a terrorist attack. one passenger tried to open the door. we all forced open the door. just decided to go for it and get off the train and try to find safety. >> good to know he's doing all right. shortly after getting off the train brian was able to contact his family back home. the attacks in belgium were on the mind of presidential candidates each claiming to be the most qualified to fight terrorism. brandi hitt has details. >> reporter: the race for the white house is now dominated by talk of terrorism.
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following the bombings in brussels. >> we've got to defeat them online, you know, that is where they radicalize. >> reporter: hillary clinton calling for quick action but gop front-runner donald trump going much further than that telling abc news he'd waterboard surviving paris attacker salah abdeslam to get more information. >> i would use maximum, maximum interrogation technique. i would have waterboarding and i'd go a step further. >> reporter: ted cruz is pushing for more patrol on muslim neighborhoods in the u.s. >> it is good law enforcement to focus on where threats are emanating from and anywhere there is a locust of radicalization. >> reporter: bernie sanders and john kasich say that sends the wrong message. >> in our country we don't want to create divisions where we say, okay, well, your religion, you're a muslim so therefore we'll keep an eye on you. >> we are fighting a terrorist organization. we are not fighting a religion.
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>> reporter: we're going to be hearing a lot more terror talk in the coming days. this afternoon hillary clinton is set to give a counterterrorism speech at stanford university. reena and kendis. >> thank you, brandi. more from brussels in a moment but some other headlines now. a dramatic rescue from a texas swimming pool by a pool. she suffered a seizure. her daughter got her head out of the water then ran for help. mother and daughter are doing just fine this morning. >> hulk hogan is speaking out in an exclusive interview, the former pro wrestler was just awarded $140 million in his lawsuit against gawker sobbing as that verdict was read and not ready to talk until now. hogan tells abc's linzie janis about what it felt like to be facing his foes in court and then be vindicated. >> i felt like i had like this monster on my shoulders no matter where i went, what are
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eiffel tower, the trevi fountain in rome and one world trade center showing the colors of the belgian flag. >> three mormon missionaries are among the nine americans injured in the blast all recovering from their wounds in the hospital. >> the parents of one young man said he had been treated for second degree burns and shrapnel injuries. clayton sandell has more. >> reporter: mormon missionaries seriously hurt in the blast, richard norby, empey and mason wells and fanny clain of france. wells 19 burned and hit by shrapnel able to call his parents from his hospital bed. >> but your eyes are okay. >> yeah, and my right hand is also kind of badly burned. >> he was extremely close to the blast. words can't describe the joy and the relief that we felt to hear his voice. >> reporter: empey is 20.
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his injuries include second and third-degree burn, norby is 66 and attends this church in lehigh, utah. remarkably this is the third terror attack for mason wells. he was only a block away from the boston marathon bombing, wells was also in france last november when terrorists attacked paris. >> i just have to think that he was prepared in some way to go through this. >> reporter: the u.s. state department says they do not believe any americans were killed in the attack but they are still trying to account for all u.s. citizens and government employees. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> and surely among the most recognized victims of the bomb blast at the brussels airport is a wounded woman with her clothes in tatters. this photo on the front page of newspapers. >> she is a flight attendant who was about to work a flight to newark. she's recovering in a hospital. >> makeshift memorials of flowers and candles popped up and support messages have been written on the square outside the brussels stock exchange.
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>> ♪ >> good morning, i'm tamala edwards. it's wednesday march 23rd. we're following break developments in the attacks in brussels. belgian media has identified two men brothers accused of being behind the attack there at the brussels airport. the manhunt is on for that man, the third man who was there on the right. that's going on at this hour. and new this morning, a three-year-old is being treated the hospital. the toddler ingested drugs at a west philadelphia day care. sky6 is taking a live look at the view across center city. we're going to get up to the 70's today. looking forward to that warmup. we've got those stories and much more coming up on "action news." attacks in brussels leave us with shock and scenes that are often stiring. >> so finally this morning we're going to take a look and we're going to listen at an event that
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sadly becomes all too common. >> there was a massive explosion. >> stay down. stay down. >> big bang. everybody flew and we saw smoke. >> what it was, a truck or was it a terrorist? >> the second i heard it, i mean i felt it. i can still feel it in my chest now, the first blast and debris and smoke. >> it was a nightmare. the worst nightmare you could imagine. >> we saw a lot of people really badly injured with a lot of blood and we know that it was even worse inside but we could not see anything because of the smoke. [ sirens ] >> flights went out.
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the power went out on the train. everyone fell to the ground. it was clear to me at least this was a terrorist attack. >> you just feel like a wave, explosion, a wave go through. >> we only saw smashed windows and we didn't get any information. >> hundreds of people started running. i ran with them. there was no clue as to what was going on. >> everyone started screaming and people dropped to the floor. people were crying. collectively we all manually forced open the door and at that moment i looked at, you know, the platform and thought probably it makes sense to get offment we just decided to go for it and get off the train and try and find safety. >> it was really the sense of humanity that emerged and sense of chaos shows these types of things don't defeat the human spirit. >> hard to believe 24 hours later. that's what's making news in america, everyone.
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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning. matt o'donnell is off. erin o'hearn is joining us. it's 4:30 on this wednesday, march 23rd. we continue to follow new developments in in the terror attack in brussels belgium. >> we've just learned the identities of the two suspects in the attacks can which left dozens of people killed and hundreds more wounded. a belgian state broadcaster says the two men seen in this surveillance photos are brothers khalid and braheem bakraoui. the hunt is on for the other suspect in that picture who got away and the u.s. state department has issued a travel alert for a


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