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here we go, you're live, watching cnn, on this friday. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you so much for being with me. let's begin with the intense terror raids and an urgent manhunt. four suspects in belgium. gunfire and explosions continuing to go off in this brussels neighborhood there of schaerbeek. a suspect was wounded during a major police operation. you'll be able to see from this witness video, a bomb disposal robot, there you go, approaching him, and then police drag him from the bus stop. he is believed to be linked to tuesday's attacks.
meantime, in france, authorities there say they thwarted a terror plot near paris overnight and arrested a french national who is suspected of planning a quote/unquote advance stage attack. french police also recovered a kalashnikov rifle and more than 4 pounds of tatp. that is that same explosive, the nickname is mother of satan, because it's so vulnerable when it's placed near heat. that was used in tuesday's bombings. and in the sophisticated coordinated attacks november 13th paris last year. the manhunt still under way for the suspects connected to brussels. a u.s. officials tells cnn the u.s. believes it knows the identity of this man. the revelation coming as brussels concedes it needs help from the u.s. yet belgium not revealing that i.d. then there is just the staggering human toll. the department of state now confirms that two americans were killed in tuesday's bombings.
out of respect of course to the families, their names have not yet been released. but u.s. secretary of state john kerry just telling cnn's erin burnett he believes tuesday's bombings were an attack on america. let's go straight to erin, she's in brussels. what did the secretary tell you? >> you know, brooke, he did say he thinks this is an attack on america. he said it's an attack on europe. it's an attack on all of the values that we cherish and hold dear. but he was unequivocal. when i said it's an attack on america, he said yes, of course. an incredibly short answer for a man not known for his brevity. he made it clear how he felt on that. we'll bring you my full interview with secretary of state john kerry who is here meeting with the belgians talking about improving terror fighting here. first to the site of today's raid. it's about two miles from where taxi driver told police he picked up three men and took them to the brussels airport. our senior international correspondent nick paton walsh
is where that raid took place. nick, we have seen such an increase in activity. last night, you were at the scene of raids. today right by that tram stop, unclear whether the man was getting off the tram or on or coming from a house. i know where you are is the shootout, the glass and what are you learning now about what exactly happened at that bus station? >> it's pretty clear from witnesses in some amateur video that's emerged that the man, we don't know who he is, but he was sat in the tram stop behind me. you can't see. the bench is obscured. but you can see the damage done to the glass wall. witnesses say he was sat there. some video suggests there was somebody, perhaps a young girl or woman next to him at the time of the incident. he was approached by police. and then witnesses say they heard two shots. now, he was clearly injured in the leg. witnesses say they heard a third sound after that which was that of an explosion. now, video witnesses also say
that point he was laying on the floor, wearing a backpack and we've seen amateur video that shows the police moving in after it appears that robot went to the scene. perhaps ascertaining there was no immediate threat, moved in and dragged him away, a distance from where i was standing but there was a small amount of blood left there. we don't know who he is but the mayor suggests he is linked to the attacks on tuesday. he is injured. he is in police custody. given the volume of police presence there was during that raid, they must have been deeply concerned. there was another bag at one point laying just here to my side. we saw bomb disposal experts heading towards that and the police picking through it later as well. the tram which moved past here at some point during that incident was stopped slightly up the road there, people taken off it and allowed to go their way. the scene back to normal despite
the glass that was broken still lying in the middle of the street. the big question being, who was this man that such great attention was paid to and such efforts were made to apprehend, erin. >> exactly true, i want to bring in michael holmes. as we talk about, you know, that takedown, i guess operation is the right word, raid may be not, because it didn't involve inside a house as far as we know. but happening right in a tram stop. yes, in the neighborhood, middle class, very pleasant neighborhood, where they picked up those men a few days ago at a tram stop in the middle of the day. and by the way within an hour or so, the trams are running again. >> oh, yeah. really sums up a 24-hour period of -- i mean, you've got to say there's been an increased urgency over the last 24 hours to try to wrap up this cell, the remnants of it, and also to prevent any future attacks happens. i talked to a security expert earlier today who was saying the chances of another attack in
europe imminently, in the near future, the very near future, are very high. there's a lot more to these guys out there they don't know about, which is why you're seeing these raids and they're start to link now. you saw the raids in paris, you saw the raids in germany. the raid in paris led to one of the raids we saw here last night, so they are start to put pieces together now. >> there's still so many questions. they don't know the napes of everybody. this obviously though sometimes has felt recently as if they are a little bit of some shots in the dark even when they got the man who had been on the run for four months they think gave the go signal for these attacks, it was luck, they went to an apartment, he happened to be there. but this today was different. how did they know this man would be at the tram stop? we have the video of when he was shot. we don't know everything leading up. but it could have been they were tracking him. his cell phone or something like that. >> maybe the belgiums are finally starting to plug some of the security holes that they have in their intelligence and
counterterrorism analysis and the information they've been getting. every time they get one of these guys, they're getting new information. they're getting forensic information. they're picking up notes. they're picking up cell phones which lead them to someone else. it's interesting, the one in france, the raid, so they're starting to piece it together, and every raid gives them new information that leads them down the rabbit hole to another person. perhaps the intelligence is happening. you mentioned secretary kerry, who i know you spoke with, and hearing that today, i was listening to that too, with the prime minister charles michel. he admitted they dropped and ball and saying they needed to cooperate more. he's admitting they're not cooperating enough. why weren't they cooperating enough after what we saw in paris and elsewhere? >> why weren't they, when they knew there was a ticking time bomb. the big fear is whether something is imminent, especially as the net closes, they could have something horrific in the works.
back to you. >> especially with all these additional arrests, accelerating potential plots in progress. also can't wait to hear from secretary kerry, your interview with him, so we'll be back to you momentarily. let me bring in chris voss. he is a former hostage negotiator for the fbi. and security analyst juliette kliman, the author of "security mom." chris, let me put this to you. we just got word, apparently that eighth paris attacker who was caught one week from today salah abdeslam, he was interviewed for two hours by belgium authorities. this would have been two days before the attack happened. then there was a follow-up interview after brussels happened and then he stopped talking to authorities. that said, and you know how to negotiate and talk to folks who need cajoling, what do you make
of that tick tock and the fact they began with paris? >> well, he talked for two hours and it's very difficult for him to say anything that's not going to be helpful to authorities. they probably got some information out of him. clearly, it frightened his network as soon as the word was out that he was potentially talking. they had to begin to move quickly because they knew very soon law enforcement was going to be coming through the door. this entire network right now is scrambling as quickly as they can. and they're out of their planning phase and they're complete ad hoc and it looks like for now the law enforcement authorities are doing a good job chasing them to the ground. >> well, on the scramble, juliette, we know from intel sources that because of the abdeslam arrest that the plot which we saw carried out, i don't know to what effect we truly saw, you know, was accelerated and happened this past week. i'm wondering with these additional arrests, nine or so people, multiple countries, being arrested. would that then step up potential plots in the works
right now? >> yes. there is no question about it. this is now who can go faster. can the arrest happen faster than it takes a group of these individuals to execute a plan. that's what's making the next couple of days very, very stressful. the arrests that occurred in the last 24 hours are significant. what people have to remember is these are suicide bombers. success is death. and so failure is a disrupted attack. so what they're whole goal is, we just have to pick up the pace, go faster than maybe we intended, maybe not have as grand as attacks, if that's the right word, as we originally planned, but their goal is to execute. so that's what makes the arrest very significant but also the need to keep the pressure on, because we're just in a very, very fluid time in the next couple of days. >> on the arrest, so we were reporting this arrest in belgium. there were also raids in france.
they found -- french law enforcement found two kilograms of tatp, the rifle in the france raid, arrests in germany as well. when we talk about the scope of this cell or web, chris what does that say to you? we're talking three countries at least all tied to brussels. >> right, exactly. and it takes a tremendous web. it takes a tremendous network to support these kinds of attacks. it's not just the suicide bombers. it's the recruiters. it's the pro cuers. it's the logistics people. all these people are in a scramble right now. the vast majority of them are going to want to live to get away, which is the big advantage. suicide bombers are notoriously difficult to get to walk up all the way to the edge and pull this trigger. they have as much training keeping them on target psychologically as logistically. fully a third of the people that were suicide bombers are still going to try to get away and live to fight another day. it's very definitely a mad scramble going on right now.
>> on the, you know, living to fight another day, we have of course now we've been showing the photo of the khaki jacketed man next to the two suicide bombers in that airport, surveillance shot, juliette, and apparently based upon u.s. intelligence, they know who that man is, and they told belgium. i'm curious if there's some sort of strategy behind belgium not putting it out there for everybody, this is who this guy is, releasing his i.d. why do you think they haven't yet? >> because they want to capture him with as little public input as possible. obviously we don't know yet. the united states probably able to identify him based on their intelligence, whether it's a no fly or some other of the intelligence lists that we have designated the most serious terrorists, and they basically were probably able to do a match
by photos. and the authorities either know where he is or know where he might be, that they are confident that they'll be a capture relatively soon. remember, this is a very hard issue in the boston marathon case. there was a huge fight about whether the fbi would put the pictures out of the brothers. that is because they did not know the name of them. now that we know the name of the guy in the hat, it makes it that much easier. look if he's captured, that's great. the idea this is the end of it, no way. he's one piece of a much larger network. >> someone else waiting in the wings. we'll talk more about this, juliette, thank you, chris vosh, thank you very much. we do have more breaking news here. the number two within isis terror network has been killed by the united states. in what appears to be a ground operation. it is someone they wanted alive. we have details on that. also ahead, the head of the
new york police department will join me live on a lot of this, what's happened in brussels, this new sort of generation of tatp bomb, and what new york and other american cities are doing to make sure this doesn't happen here. also ahead, a stunning moment, american parents reuniting with their son who survived his third brush with terror. we were there for that moment. you will hear the emotional interview with him in the hospital bed. >> i was so lucky. being how close i was. and i saw a lot of people that were injured worse. i heard a lot of people.
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with all the breaking news and raids going on in brussels today and the desperate manhunt, the pentagon announced u.s. forces have killed a high ranking isis leader, a man many considered to be number two in the isis organization. he goes by several names. he's the so-called isis finance minister. so responsible for paying recruits. we're now learning u.s. special forces actually tried to take him alive. he'd be more valuable that way. at the last minute the plan had to change. i want to bring in our evan perez. obviously things changed. they wanted to take him alive. he would have been so valuable to them for information. why did the plans change at the
last minute? >> that's right, erin, this began as a capture operation. he is considered the number two leader of isis. u.s. forces had information on where he was hiding out and they launched this operation to try to bring him alive. hoping to get as much information and intelligence as possible. it appears the operation didn't go as planned. and he was killed. we don't know how many details beyond that. he was believed to be behind some of the planning for isis external operation and defense secretary ash carter says the u.s. also targeted another isis leader known as abu sara. the u.s. has had success targeting isis's finances and some weapons caches and according to the pentagon, they're trying to go after members of the group's cabinet, erin. >> all right, evan, thank you very much. we are right now in the past 24 hours, there have been nine
arrests. authorities here in belgium -- terror raids are really left and right at this point, just days after those deadly bombings in brussels. they're still looking for the man in the airport in the light colored jacket as well as others they believe. critics say until now belgium law enforcement has been lax. and now there are growing questions. ryan heath is with me, senior eu correspondent for politico. let me start with the fact of what is happening in these raids. to get everyone a sense of what's at stake here. think at home sometimes you say, here's another raid. sometimes the raids don't yield anything. last night near paris, 4 1/2 pounds of tapt. that's what they believe was used in these bombs, the one in the airport. 4 1/2 pounds of tapt, that do kill as many as 150 people. that's just one apartment.
15 pounds were found in that apartment the men on their way to the airport. >> what we've seen is an increase in the number of house searches. what most people don't know about the chemicals and the other ingredients used to create these bombs is it requires a huge amount of space. you can't do that in a small little bathroom or basement. you need a big space. we know belgium has problems getting the warrants, conducting the raids 24/7. so perhaps targeting the big spaces where these bombs are likely to have been made. that's the step forward. >> those could be big steps. just to recap some of the things you've been telling us, between 9 and 5 p.m. you're not allowed to raid a home in belgium. a law from the 1960s to protect privacy. they can't raid people at night which is obviously when you would find them when they are sleeping. you have also been doing some
reporting. not just preventable because they though have known these guys were on the interpol list and should have apprehended them. not on that. that very morning, they shut down the metro and they did it -- >> very late. they did it very late. the first bomb went off in the airport just before 8:00 a.m. it took more than one hour for the metro system to be shut down. the order went out, the minister admitted in the belgium parliament today at 9:04 a.m., more than an hour after the first bomb. the second bomb in the metro station, 9:11 a.m. if we imagine that order had gone out 15 minutes earlier, just that small window of time, that would have been enough to shut down that network, potentially prevent that man from having entered that crowded space in the first place. all of these are hypotheticals. said with the benefit of hindsight. you have to wonder why did it take so long to shut down the metro system when the other major piece of infrastructure
had been blown to pieces. >> he had a joint press conference with the prime minister here of belgium and in that press conference the prime minister said we're doing the that can't be true.t terrorism. they're not doing the best they can. >> let's take one more example. so this morning we learned in a town just outside the borders of brussels the police chief had to admit that they knew about some movements and contact or suspected movements and contacts with salah abdeslam on september the 7th. contacts that involved the address where he was found last friday. if that information had been passed on, passed to the place it was supposed to be in, the national terrorism database -- >> months ago. >> months ago, we could have had much clearer information about what he was planning to do. the sort of thing that might now take place, that might be useful is a comb of all of those police stations to see who else might have failed to pass on this information. retroactive checking of what else could have been missed. not waiting for this to sort of come out into the open by accident as it did this morning. >> hopefully interviews of young
men like we've spoken to. there's a lot of men in syria talking to those young men who are not going, who are fighting back and giving the names of everyone of their friends. brooke, back to you. >> yes, give it up, do the right thing. erin, thank you. we'll check back with you. coming up next in new york, we'll talk to the chief of the new york police department. how new york city is preparing for potential terror attacks here. we'll talk training, equipment, what they're looking out for, do not miss that. also ahead, more breaking news. we're learning what the captured paris attacker is saying now that he's been caught and who has been interrogating him. you're watching cnn special live coverage. we'll be right back. we stop arthritis pain, so you don't have to stop. tylenol® 8hr arthritis pain
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seeing that isis is nimble and adaptable and as long as there is this ideology out there poisoning young malleable people, that that's not going away. i'm just curious what you think of secretary kerry's comments. >> i appreciate his comments. but this is something that we're highly tuned into. i've had this job since november 2014. and most of my day's occupied by crime, but, you know, as of late, paris, san bernardino, brussels, this is consuming more and more of my time. i think the nypd is absolutely prepared. >> i want to talk about new york in a second. as we're learning more, we're talking a lot about tapt. from what i have been reading and this is something that dates back years, this is, you know, it's not difficult to find these ingredients. you can go to a beauty supply store. and i'm curious what you make, how fearful you are of these newer generation bombs that seem so simple to make. >> well, you know, we have a
terrific bomb squad and it's not just within nypd. we have great federal partners. we have the fbi, dhs, and we work closely with everybody. as things develop, as new things appear, we're on top of them and we're able to deal with that. >> that doesn't worry you, you can walk in a beauty supply store and buy 90% of these products? >> there's a lot of things that worry me. it's not only terrorism but it's crime also. it's a complicated job but the nypd is nimble. >> what do you say to americans just generally who see what happened? i talked to a lot of them in the wake of what happened in paris. you think, oh, my goodness this is happening there. what happens? this could happen there. and they're worried. what would you say? >> it's okay to be worried. i think the world is real small right now. and anything that happened throughout the world, obviously, it affects everyone. especially in new york city. this is something that i look at. you can worry, but you also have to keep your eyes open.
you know, we hear it all the time. if you see something, say something. this is -- law enforcement is on top of this. our federal partners are on top of this. we need everybody to be aware of their surroundings. >> even since a lot of lessons were learned since 9/11. we talked about interoperability and agencies communicating and so much of that has improved. when you look at the situation in europe, a lot of critics are jumping on and saying how is there not communication, et cetera, in addition to that, you know, as recent as november with paris, even new york city's police department, phenomenal police department, was saying they couldn't be prepared for a coordinated attack until you've quadrupled your resources, is that what i'm hearing? >> well, we've stood up a couple of groups. they are at stationary posts throughout the city at high-level buildings. in addition to that, we have the strategic response group. which is extremely mobile.
you'll see their explorers, their ford explorers, and they're ready to respond. the pointy edge of the spear is the emergency services department. the hercules teams out and about. we are nimble. we are spread out throughout the city. working with our federal partners. as soon as actionable intelligence becomes available, we act on it. >> speaking of the feds, i know that there has been a proposed $90 million cut on federal anti-terror funding. specifically for new york city. i know the commissioner. i'm sure you, i've seen the mayor, are furious. but the pushback to that would be when you look at the more recent -- for example, isis inspired terror plots or in cities like san bernardino. so some of the rationale perhaps for the federal government would be let's take a little bit away from the huge cities like new york, like d.c. and spread the wealth, what would you say to that? >> the proposal is to cut half, $90 million. this is money that we need for
our awareness system. most people are aware, we have -- given all of our cops smart phones and that's driven by this domain awareness system. it costs a lot of money to run. we also have the new dog, dogs that graduated the other day, extremely huge part of keeping the city safe. if we don't get that money from the federal government, we're going to continue to do what we do but that money has to be taken from other places. we have -- our primary responsibility is to keep people safe in the city. that's from terrorism. and also from crime. so if we take that -- that money gets taken away from us that money gets in the hole. >> i want to ask you about senator cruz's comments, in the wake of what's happening in brussels, he's saying we need to step up, we be law enforcement in this country, need to step up patrols in more muslim dominated neighborhoods in this country.
the commissioner earlier this week blasted him. what say you? >> ted cruz is a politician. i'm a police officer. my responsibility is to keep the people in the city safe. but i will say that bill bratton is a man of integrity. this is the third time i've worked for him. if anybody knows how to keep the people safe, it's bill bratton. >> chief jim o'neill, thank you for coming by. coming up next, america is under attack, those are words from john kerry, who spoke with erin burnett in belgium. hear what else the secretary revealed. sad news just in about the boyfriend of the young american woman. i talked to earlier this week. she had been waiting word. he was on a train heading to the brussels airport when the bombs went off. we have an update on their situation. next.
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terrorist bombings. we know at least two of those killed in the attacks were americans. before secretary kerry headed back to the united states, i sat down with him this morning and i asked him whether he believed these horrendous attacks targeted america. we discussed the fight against isis. >> americans of course we now know are dead in these terrible attacks in brussels. do you consider this an attack against american? >> whenever americans are killed, of course. >> so you do consider it an attack on america? >> i think it's an attack on america. it's an attack on europe. it's an attack on civilized people in countries around the world. it's an attack on people who weren't even here and who weren't killed. because it is an attack on everybody's ability to move freely. to live without fear. and that's what the terrorists want. that is precisely why we have to continue as we are to go after daesh with full determination to
destroy them and i'm confident we are going to. law enforcement and intelligence community, people have to get it right to prevent an attack every minute of every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. if somebody wakes up one morning in their apartment, decides they want to go out and kill themselves and take some people with them, they can most likely find a place on a subway, on a bus, in a market, somewhere, to do it, unfortunately. so it is a very, you know, this is a difficult challenge. and frankly it's quite remarkable that our law enforcement community, our intelligence community, our police, have done as good a job as they've done, of protecting us here both in america as well as in other parts of the world. now, that doesn't excuse one single event. when it happens.
everybody's focused on it with the intensity we see here in belgium right now. but i am convinced that we are slowly and steadily deteriorating daesh's ability to recruit, its ability to prosecute its neoistic you know ideology, and over time, we are going to get back to a world where we feel we can travel with impunity and feel safe. >> travel with impunity. we are following the fast moving developments in brussels. french authorities recovered nearly 4 1/2 pounds of the explosive tatp. some experts have said that could kill more than 100 people. it's the same home made explosive that brought so much death here in brussels at the paris airport using tatp on metro station also in paris using tatp made from materials that are incredibly easy to get,
acetone, hydrogen peroxide. joining me, co-author of the book "the jihad caravan." you know so much about this. tatp of course as just a material -- has been called the material of choice. some people say, oh, it's so easy to put a tatp bomb together because of the materials are easy to procure. others say the assembling is difficult but the training is relatively simplistic. every one of these raids so far, they have been recovering tatp. it creates a real fear how much more is out there. >> i think we should look at the bigger picture here. belgium has been sending our seeing 500 of its young people going to syria ending up there in the most widespread international terrorist network that recent history has ever seen. they're getting linked into expertise on making weapons, making explosives. >> right, trained.
>> they're getting linked into increasing doctrination with hateful ideology. and some of them are returning with a mission of destabilizing european societies which in the end are their own society. ps. so i think we should really, really pause there and think about it, this is our own youth coming back with a mission of revenge on our own society. me as a journalist, i wonder where we have failed as a society. >>cy spoke to one young man who said, you know, 10, 15 people who have gone to fight isis in syria and that's very common in plol molenbeek, a lot of people know each other. he said, just want to get a job. and i can't get a job because i'm muslim. he happened to have one of the same name as one of the paris attackers. someone will look at his resume and that's obviously a strike against him. so he's afraid he can't get a job. he said, i don't buy into that ideology but i understand why
others do. a chill thing to have someone say, i understand why someone goes and fights for isis. that seems so common in these neighborhoods. >> it's not only common in these neighborhoods. me as a journalist i try to understand the motives of young people joining these groups. i try to understand them as well. and areas like molenbeek, if you study the social and economic fabric of these neighborhoods, they have long been neglected in this capital city of belgium. the education system is not very well. lack of economic opportunities for young people there. so -- and then they're getting linked into a edeology of resistance, of getting respect. they have long been neglected. then they have become these big important persons where they can get respect and i think we as a society should give them respect so they don't need to go and find it elsewhere. and what i think is very damaging to say this and to
conclude here, i have heard belgian politicians, prominent politicians, making polarizing remarks about molenbeek. that they're going to clean this neighborhood. that it's not normal that they have not gone to the police and report on the presence of salah abdeslam. but i think how can an entire community be held responsible for having one terrorist in their midst? i think this is very polarizing and dangerous statement by politicians. >> all right, peter, thank you so much. brooke, when you hear that, it's exactly the same fight going on in the united states. ted cruz, police the muslim communities. hillary clinton saying don't do any such thing. same exact discussion happening here. back to you. >> striking difference among all these candidates and how'd they've all responded to what happened where you are in brussels. erin, thank you. we'll be back in a second. coming up next, you have to watch this. american parents walking into this hospital room, reuniting
welcome back. we're now hearing from this american missionary badly injured in the brussels airport bombings. 19-year-old mason wells is recovering. burns all over his body, shrapnel wounds. this is the incredibly powerful video, exclusive to us here at cnn, showing mason's parents walking into the hospital room to finally see him. listen to this, this exceptional coinciden coincidence. this young man was also at the boston marathon when the bombs went off there in april 2013 and he was france during last november's paris attacks and here he was in belgium. cnn's phil black talked to mason and perhaps what is surprising most of all is exactly how much this man remembers everything. >> i was actually conscious for all of it.
we tried to pull out my friend's tickets at a small little station, you know, my friend's tickets to go to the united states. the machine wasn't working actually. so was working with a delta attendant. she took us to the back of the line. i'd actually pulled out my ipad to look at something. as part of my responsibilities on the mission. and i was starting to look that up. i was looking at my ipad when the first blast went off. it was really loud. it really came out of nowhere. i wasn't expecting it at all. i was looking down. all of a sudden, a huge blast. i believe my body was picked off the ground for a moment.
my ipad that was in my hands, i don't know what happened. it just disappeared. i think it might have actually hit me in the head when it got blasted out of my hands. my watch i wear on my left hand disappeared. my left shoe was blown off. a large part of my right body got really hot, then really cold. i was covered in a lot of fluids, a lot of blood. a lot of that blood wasn't mine either. >> how close do you think you were to that additional explosion? >> within 10 to 15 meters. when the blast went off after i had those feelings of warm and hot, i was actually -- saw fire in front of my face and around my body. fire literally almost engulfed the four of us. there was fire around us from the blast. >> do you remember the second explosion? >> i do. it took my body about a second, half a second to realize that it
was a bomb that went off. and of course i'm sure my body was in complete physical shock. i knew that i'd been wounded. i didn't know how bad it was. i located an exit. i started to run towards the doors we came in through. and i took a couple steps, about three seconds after the first blast. the second bomb went off. i actually felt the explosion on my right side. i could feel the blast but i don't believe i wallace hit by anything, any shrapnel or anything. >> a couple of days later, i guess what are the thoughts and the feelings about what you experienced? >> i just -- i feel love for those who were injured. i feel so bad for those. i was so lucky. i was so lucky, being how close i was. and i saw a lot of people that were injured worse.
i heard a lot of people that were injured badly. my only thoughts, only feelings, just for the people that were out there, i hope they're doing okay. i just wanted to pray for them. i've been praying for them since it happened. that's the feeling i have, i hope they're okay. because i'm very lucky. i know there were some that were maybe not as lucky as i was. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair works... ...in one week. with the... fastest retinol formula. ...to visibly reduce wrinkles. neutrogena®. the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon... then quickly fell back to earth landing on the roof of a dutch colonial. luckily geico recently helped the residents with homeowners insurance.
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manhunt for at least two of these suspects and possibly a much larger terror network. gunfire and explosion s ringing out in the schaerbeek region of brussels. this is some of the video we have from a witness. there's this bomb disposal robot going in, approaching him, and then we know police dragged him from the bus stop and arrested him. he is believed to be linked to what happened in brussels tuesday morning. authorities in france say they plotted a terror attack near paris overnight and they arrested a french national who is suspected of planning a, quote, french-style attack. police found more than four pounds of this fatal chemical combination tatp. this is the same explosive nicknamed mother of satan that was used in tuesday's bombings. used in the coordinated paris attacks last november 13th. as we talk about, you know, the man hunt, it is very much still under way for these two suspects
connected to the coordinated attacks in brussels this week. a u.s. official tells cnn that based upon u.s. intelligence, they believe they know the identity of this man in the khaki jacket that was in the airport just a couple days ago with the other two suicide bombers. they have commuted that information to belgium. belgium has yet to release the i.d. the state department now confirms two americans were killed in the bombings in brussels. of course, out of respect to those families, we're not releasing those names, they're not out yet. secretary of state john kerry spoke to erin burnett saying he believes the bombings were an attack on america. first, let me bring in my panel. cnn terrorism analyst paul cruickshank is with us again. mike german, a former special agent with the fbi, he's gone under cover with a number of domestic terrorism groups. he's also the author of "think like a terrorist."
welcome to both of you. paul, we're talking here we mentioned the french raid, we're talking arrests in belgium and arrests in germany. you have new information on that. >> arrests in germany yesterday, brooke, and one individual was taken into custody at the train station near the belgium border in germany. police thought he was acting suspiciously. they checked his papers, found out he had been involved in robberies. they examined his cell phone and saw there was a message in his cell phone with the name of call lead al bakraoui, the metro bomber in brussels on tuesday and then another message at 9:08, three minutes before the metro bombing, saying simply "it ends." they do not know whether the metro bomber sent that message,
but they certainly are very interested in the fact it wasness phone. they also recovered a hospital bill suggesting that he had got treatment on march 18 inside germany for some injuries, and there's a school of thought within the german investigation right now that he might have got those injuries during a raid in brussels last week. of course, we know there was a major firefight on salah abdeslam's safe house in forest so they're looking at all of that. looking at that, recently traveled from belgium to germany. also looking at another man in duff dusseldorf who they established traveled on the same plane to try to get into turkey as the other brother ibrahim bakraoui had actually been deported at the same time as the other
brother so they're looking for possible links with all of this. >> as i'm trying to keep track, mike, i want you to weigh in, we're talking arests in germany. the safe houses, the raids there, what happened in france tell you? >> part of it is we have to be careful that we're talking about bits of information that are leaking out. some of which may not turn out to be true at all or not related. it's going by associations rather than actual involvement in a particular conspiracy. i think it's particularly important to be cautious, the different elements going on. often what you see, there's this phase of connecting dots. it becomes much easier once you know which dots were important. you know which dots were important so it's easy to move backwards and that's the bread and butter of law enforcement and part of how we solved these
crimes for decades. >> abdeslam, we now have learned, they interrogated for a couple of hours a couple of days before the attacks in brussels. my colleague erin burnett is standing by. she talked to secretary of state kerry earlier today. erin. >> brooke, secretary of state john kerry said it is an attack on america, these attacks, attack against europe and against western values. i want to bring in cnn international correspondent nick paton walsh. i want to start with, you know, it's early evening here we were both at the scene of one of those raids today. right where we are, everyday, it's getting bigger here. you know people thought maybe every day it will get a little smaller but it's not. it feels like it's getting bigger. you have first responders to pay their respects. it's becoming a bigger part of brussels right now. >> it's almost like the manhunt, the investigation's under way. brussels does want to remain the
world it continues to live. we have the weekend ahead of us here. i'm sure that sense of revalry. with all the violence that people have been trying to absorb. perhaps part of the reason may be while they raise the terror threat down from the highest 4 to level 3, perhaps that's also belgium's way of saying they won't be so cowed psychologically. a very strong signal here. this, as you and i saw earlier on, the issue, ongoing manhunts, meaning that you can suddenly hear gunfire and explosions. >> they lowered that terror alert level even as they said an attack -- the united states said an attack could be imminent. they're aware of the attacks in the final stages of planning. it is that race against time. in the past 24 hours, right, nine arrested. you've been at the scene including the operation today that happened right out in the middle of a two-way street. the trains come in the middle. right there at basically a bus stop, the equivalent of a bus stop, a man is shot. >> so witnesses saying as the
man sat at the tram station, tram relatively nearby. the real question, why the police approach him. that's clear in the video. shots are fired. one hits the leg. an explosion heard shortly after. amateur video showing they're concerned his backpack may contain explosives. there is clearly somebody younger, smaller than him, sat next to him. what happened to him is unclear. his body is then dragged away behind a car where clearly he'll get some kind of medical attention. we know he's relate to the attacks and now in custody. the sheer volume of firepower brought to that scene must make you wonder quite how concerned belgium authorities were. >> they are terrified of something else happening. i think it seems they feel a real sense of responsibility, as they should. today, the prime minister saying we're doing the best we can. but of course they have admitted to mass imfailures. failures of the sort that could have prevented these attacks.
knowing the names. knowing those people, that perhaps they should have taken them in. do you have the feeling the raids will continue because they feel it's a race against time? they have not for example found the man in the white jacket, in the beige jacket. they believe it was an accomplice in the metro bombings. >> well, you know, in the last 24 hours, three, have since been released. a lot of them are still in custody at this stage. we were in a raid last night where a room was gone through by forensic experts. nobody was arrested. so they haven't followed every single lead. the failures have been so monumental that the interior minister himself offered his resignation but it wasn't accepted. this is a country doing everything it possibly can to keep itself safe and realizing perhaps the task could almost be insurmountable. >> there was so many mistakes made that it becomes difficult to deal with that at this point.
nick payton walsh, thank you. >> erin, thank you very much. i'm back with my german and paul cruickshank. just continuing our conversation. you were making the point about making sure you connect the dots and figure out which dots are most significant. the arrest a week ago from today. we were talking then, salah abdeslam, the sole survivor of the coordinated paris attacks. we've learned he was interrogated, cooperating initial initially. they interrogated him for two hours. brussels happens. and he stops talking. two hours, i'm not an interrogator, does that seem like a long time or nothing to you? >> it depends on what is said in that two hours. it depends on what the government needed at that point, right. i mean, there are many different investigative techniques being used at all at the same time. it may have been very small gaps. they were hoping his information would close or help them lead to the next gap.
it really depends on what happened in the room. a lot of this is based open leaks that i know during my own career you would hear something about a case you're working on. >> cautious, as you should be. on the individual who left, whether he got cold feet, the guy in the white jacket in the airport, or perhaps he was a handler and it was his job to then bail. apparently the u.s. knows who he is, according to u.s. intel. they've shared that with belgium. belgium hasn't shared that with the public. i'm wondering, is there strategy perhaps not to spook him, not telling everyone who he is, so everyone can be on the lookout? what do you think? >> possibly. by not releasing all the information they have, by keeping their cards close, that can give them the advantage when they're trying to make these arrests. if somebody knows for sure that the police are coming, then they may become desperate, may decide to launch some kind of attack.
so it's a judgment call when it comes to the prosecutor's office in brussels. which are really leading the charge on the investigation. but of course by pulling another picture out, if they can establish the identity, they can engage with the general public to get their help for tips. it's a balancing act about how much you release and at what time. >> i imagine that's a balancing act, but also in terms of these other arrests we've talked about. belgium, germany, france. the more these people are arested, arrested, perhaps then plots in progress are accelerated, like what happened this past tuesday, correct, to either of you. >> certainly that's part of the concern, you don't want your counterterrorism efforts to actually be instigating or violence or reducing the level of violence. any element that you are able o
to -- might bring you information in other investigations. whether investigations of attacks that have already happened or activities that are continuing. >> so delegate, right? >> as we learned more from officials, we're just learning that this plot, this network, has an extraordinary number of tentacles in europe. and at least three european countries, in belgium, france, also in germany as we hear more now from officials. this was an intricate network. and the real concern is they're now accelerating forward with the top plans that brussels was not the last plan. it was just the second plan after the paris attacks. >> paul cruickshank and mike german, we'll leave it, we'll talk again, thank you both very much. more breaking news. we know the number two within the isis terror network has been killed by the united states. what appears to be a ground
operation. this is obviously an individual they would have liked to have captured alive. we have details on that. plus, the police takesi ingtaki suspect in paris who had tatp on him as well. and in this race for the president, some bizarre developments. moments ago, donald trump responding to accusations from ted cruz that he and his people planted a story in the tabloids. we will go there, coming up. (boy) ma, pa - why do we settle for cable?
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i'm erin burnett live in brussels as the manhunt intensifies for the suspects in the bombings here. the united states saying it has killed a high-ranking isis leader considered to be the terror group's number two in command. here's defense secretary ash carter. >> we're systemically eliminating isil's cabinet. indeed, the u.s. military killed
several key isil terrorists this week. including, we believe, haji imam, who was a senior leader serving as a finance minister and who is also responsible for some external affairs and plots. >> we're also learning the u.s. operation intended to capture the isis leader alive, but plans changed at the last minute. i want to bring in our barbara starr. would was this man, what are you learning about this last-minute change? as you know, they wanted him alive. >> well, that's right, erin. this is a guy the u.s. wanted so badly they were willing to send u.s. special operations forces into syria. very dangerous business. we're told that they went in by helicopter. they were targeting him. they wanted to be able to capture him alive. as isis fins minister, he would have had a lot of intelligence, they believe. they wanted to interrogate him, find out what he knew about the
operation, where other operatives might be. but it didn't work out. and the pentagon, not offering a lot of detail about this covert operation. we know that when the helicopters got overhead and were targeting the vehicle, that he was in, something changed. we don't know what that was. the helicopters could not land. something happened and they had to open fire, killing him and others in the vehicle. so they believe very strongly they got him and that he's dead in that incident, and they will not say exactly what happened. but i think it's really important to consider the risk that these u.s. troops went to to go into syria. there's no real friendly forces on the ground there. if they had run into trouble, it could have been very difficult, erin. >> barbara, i know we're learning about an attack, a horrible attack on a football stadium in iraq, obviously civilians, people there.
what are you learning about that? >> well, this is apparently an area in central iraq, in a place where some people had gathered to watch a football game, isis claiming responsibility for this suicide attack at this area where the game was being played. a suicide vest, initial reports there of a couple of dozen people who lost their lives, others injured. what this really underscored of course is what we all know, that civilians, whether it is in iraq, syria, brussels or paris or other places around the world, really bearing the brunt of what isis is doing. erin. >> barbara, thank you so much. now back to brooke in new york. >> all right, let me stay on that, erin burnett, thank you very much and barbara with this news of the number two isis leader killed. let me bring in cnn military analyst retired army major general "spider" marks, good to have you on, sir.
coming on to barbara's point, to me the headline isn't so much who was killed, it's the how, right? it's the fact that, you know, not only obviously are we -- is the u.s. military and others -- air strikes and campaigns, but this was on the ground, something happened, as she was pointing out, with that helicopter and that vehicle. do you agree, it's the how they got him? >> it's quite phenomenal. let's not be too quick to celebrate this one kill. albeit very, very significant. but it has to have hinged upon having some really phenomenal intelligence, actionable intelligence that is confirmable and allowed these special ops folks to do this amazing operation. so also bear in mind there's probably no causality between what occurred in brussels and what occurred last night in iraq. this mission in iraq has been developing over the course of time. they happened to coincide in time over the course of the last 48 hours.
we probably have, we united states, these special operation forces, probably have some really good human intelligence sources that were willing to take risk to get into the level of detail, to coordinate with these sources and to provide intelligence that led to this actionable operation. we put a helicopt near syria and we knew where the vehicle that this guy was -- where he was traveling in, where it was going, what its intent was. we were able to vector all of that together. that's quite phenomenal and speaks highly about our presence in the region. >> it is incredible, indeed. just the risk that they took. that these opens folks, in going in and doing this. my follow up would be, how difficult is it? obviously, you would want him alive. considering the treasure trove of information one could get. how difficult is it to try to take someone alive like this?
>> well, it's very difficult. every one of these missions has a kill or capture construct to it. the commander on the ground has the discretion, and it's a risk analysis that that individual goes through to engage, to capture or to kill. in this case obviously circumstances which are flying by like that, brooke, you can only imagine the severe it a of the intellectual capability to keep up with this. the decision had to be made not to put the team at risk and to go ahead and do a kill mission. capture missions are very, very delicate, very precise. and circumstantial, where there had to be that decision. no second-guessing from anyone will ever occur surrounding this operation. >> general "spider" marks, thank you so much as always. >> thank you, brooke. just in to cnn, this whole what do you want to call it feud back and forth between ted cruz and donald trump just escalated
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half past the hour. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. the feud between cruz and trump escalating to a whole new bizarro level today. senator cruz has responded to this new tabloid report. the texas senator accusing trump of planting the story. all of this after the back and forth attacks over their wives. take a listen. >> the next day, the national inquirer published a story. it is a story that quoted one source on the record. roger stone. donald trump's chief political adviser. let me be clear, this national enquirer story is garbage. it is complete and utter lies.
it is a tabloid smear. and it is a smear that has come from donald trump and his henchman. it is attacking my family. and what is striking is donald's henchman had been foreshadowing this attack was coming. it's not surprising -- >> so sundlan this feud isn't going away, and unequivocally, ted cruz says false, false, false. >> that's right, and i have to say, this was a rather remarkable press conference today here, brooke, hastily arranged at the last moment from the cruz campaign. very clear that senator cruz wanted to talk about this. he brought this up at his press conference, unprovoked. he wallace not asked a question by a reporter about this.
he clearly had a little sheet of prepared remarks at his podium sent out by an aide addressing this tabloid story. wanting to get the language correct when he shifted and started talking about this. when he denied the tabloid story and really connected donald trump, alleging that he leaked this story to this tabloid. so very interesting developments here. we have heard a response from the trump campaign along a response denying it. i want to read you the majority of it. they say, quote, i have no idea whether or not the cover story about ted cruz in this week's issue of the national enquirer is true or not, but i had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it and have not read it. i have nothing to do with the national enquirer and unlike liein' ted cruz, i do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence. while they were right about o.j.
simpson, john edwards and many others, i certainly hope they are not right about liein' ted cruz. it's interesting today, brooke, when i speak to cruz, i asked him many times, would you definitively say today, will you or will you not support donald trump if he eventually goes on to be the republican nominee? you of course have taken the pledge he will support him. and today he said i'm not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife, brooke. >> we'll leave it. sundlan, thank you so much. that said, let's go back to our special coverage from brussels and erin burnett who's there live. erin, to you. >> that race against time, that life and death race against time, the manhunt continuing. arrests in germany. arrests in paris. learning more about the raid
that led to the discovery of french police on the mother of satan explosive. erin, pretty terrifying, this tatp used in the paris attacks, used in the metro attack, used here in the airport attack and now being found in raid after raid where you are. >> that's right. that raid you're talking about, erin, happened overnight in a suburb outside of paris. police went into the neighborhood, surrounded an apartment building, evacuated that building, that end went inside with a bomb squad in an apartment in that building. they found tatp according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. it was 4 1/2 pounds worth of the explosive as well as a kalashnikov rifle. now, the mayor of that suburb also saying that they found some bombmaking equipment. but other than that, that apartment was completely empty. cut off from electricity and
water. neighbors saying they had not seen anyone go in or out for days. now, that raid was proceeded by a key arrest that happened earlier in the day. an operative that authorities say they believe was dangerous. they arrested him. a 34-year-old french man by the name of rada kriket. following his arrest, they not only raided that apartment, but also today they raided key locations in belgium and made arrest also there as well. authorities are saying all of this has been tied to a terrorist plot that they believe is now foiled. they foiled it, they say, in its advanced stages. the investigation into that plot has been going on for months and continues, erin. >> all right, erin, thank you so much. and brooke, all of this coming as u.s. intelligence saying they have intelligence of attacks in
their final stages. just the hunt across europe to try to stop those from happening. >> as we talk about the manhunts and the raids, let's not be lost in all of this the victims and survivors. an american teenager who managed to survive the terror attack in the u.s. speaks out from his hospital bed. what he remembers about the blasts. plus, one person who is all too familiar with the difficult road ahead after an attack like this. a professional ballroom dancer who lost part of her left leg in the wake of the boston marathon bombings. her thoughts, her advice for those impacted in belgium, and what she has to look forward to next.
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fluids, a lot of blood. a lot of that blood wasn't mine. i saw fire around my face and around my body. fire literally engulfed the four of us. i feel love for those who were injured. i was so lucky. >> this was not his first brush with terror. he was actually two hours away from paris during november's attacks and he was one block away from the boston marathon bombing just three years ago. let me tell you about somebody else pretty extraordinary. the professional ballroom dancer who lost part of her left leg in the bombings in boston three springs ago. she was among the spectators when that second explosion went off. her recovery was kron cechronic the cnn documentary "survivor diaries." so wonderful to see you.
we'll talk about your big 26 miles you're about to do. first, you know, when you heard -- obviously, all of our hearts and thoughts and minds went to the victims in brussels earlier this week. for you, i imagine, it felt a little different. >> it certainly did, brooke. thank you for having me. these terrifying visuals that flash back, think, my gosh, i've been there, i want to wrap my arms around you, i want to tell you everything that i wanted to hear when this happened to me. it's just you don't ever want it to happen to anyone else. there are too many of us now that can be on your program and say i was in a similar situation. there are too many of us. >> what does the recovery look like, because it wasn't just losing, you know, part of your leg, shrapnel wounds, blood loss. what does the recovery look like? >> recovery looks -- it is that,
right, it is physical part of it. but recovery mentally is really the toughest part. it's so daunting and it's a daily challenge. one that, you know, certainly the people in brussels are facing and their families and their loved ones. the mental challenge is the most difficult. you know, mentally, for me, personally, putting on my leg every day, waking up in the middle of the night to put on my leg just to walk to the bathroom. and then getting angry i have to put on the leg and then staying up all night angry. it's a daily challenge. that mental game that plains with that is really tough. >> are you, three years later, are you fearful at all walking around or perhaps as you were after those blasts went off? >> yes. you know, i think one of society's greatest failures is not admitting we're scared. and i believe that emotional
honesty is what's lacking in this country. for me, i have no shame in saying i'm absolutely terrified of terrorists. i also believe you don't have to be in a terrorist attack. that's the reason we're in war. i believe that, you know, you shouldn't feel shamed about saying we're scared once we stopped having monsters under the bed. there are a lot of things that scare us. and certainly with the brussels attack, i got scared all over again. i'm leaving on a trip soon and getting on a plane sounds very terrifying right now. just hearing your story and we have even pulled in -- i love your candor to be honest. we have a picture. guys, throw up the x-ray, just to show how close some of these people came. we have an x-ray of one of the survivor's skulls. you can see on right eye there is a screw after the operation. imagine the recovery there.
when we talk about you, and your recovery. it's been chronicled in pieces since boston three apps ago. not only did you fox trot across the boston marathon finish line with your prosthetic leg, you crossed the finish line with your brothers in 2014. you will be running the 26.2-mile course in just a couple weeks. from what i read, you said once upon a time you didn't even like running. so my hat is off to you, sister. >> thanks so much, thank you. i can't believe it's going to be, you know, just next month. i kept thinking it was a month away. but, you know, it's least any of us can do as survivors, to say a giant thank you for anyone who's ever reached out or said well wishes or wrapped their arms around us on the street. it's just a giant thank you to boston. we wouldn't be able to be where we are if we didn't have so much support. >> phenomenal city full of
i say this every time he comes on my show, but this man really has the best job in television. he's nodding. this week bill weirr goes iceland. >> see, this country is part of no continent. it's a lonely volcanic pump on the bottom of the ocean floor. as a result, this icelandic late is the only place where you can hold two kaucontinent plates at once. if you're willing to get cold and wet.
it is a crystal een val halla. each rock chilled to a refreshing 38 degrees. this is the kind of water they sell in manhattan restaurants for $8 a bottle. so crisp, so crystal clear, the bubbles are like diamonds. on one deep breath, i shake hands with two worlds, america on one side, europe on the other. >> so super cool. so super cool. >> that was chilly. >> a crisp 38 degrees. >> i was chilly. my lips almost broke off. >> so there's that. >> yes. >> the thing i was nerdily reading about was about marriage. >> it is about marriage. it is about what a modern
society would look like if people said, you know what, forget marriage. iceland, the whole reason i went, i came across this statistic that iceland leads the developed world innin wed mothers. they think engagement parties and engagement rings are bizarre. i wanted to understand why. it turns out that this land settled by vikings. this unbelievable landscape, is now the most feminist country in the world. they have a social safety net so it's sort of a bernie sanders fantasy world in terms of their government, in terms of how they take care of each other, but they're very small. fewer people than tulsa, oklahoma. they're all related. they all look and think alike, so a big question about will those ideas translate to a melting pot like america. so it's a fascinating journey. people who believe in elves, we meet a whale hunter, they're
trying to decide whether to dam more of their rivers and sell the power to europe. fascinating, wonderful place. the most beautiful episode we've ever shot. >> the pictures are absolutely gorgeous and i love how you talk about the bubbles like diamonds. you have the best way of explaining things. the whole premise is what's disappearing, what's melting, what's dying, what's going away. so please tune in. bill weir, thank you so much, great to see you. it is "the wonder list" sunday night 10:00 eastern and it is all about iceland. back to our breaking news, gunfire and explosions bringing out today in brussels. dramatic video capturing the moment this key suspect is taken into custody. cnn special coverage continues in just a moment. ♪virgin islands nice ♪ ♪so nice ♪so nice, so nice
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final three republican presidential candidates will take questions from voters in wisconsin. that is next tuesday, april 5th, ahead of the badger state's crucial primary contest. that is tuesday night, 8:00 eastern. have wonderful weekends but don't move. my friend, pamela brown, is up next. >> thanks, brooke. a key kill and new arrests, but are more attacks already in the works? "the lead" starts right now. explosions and gunfire. a suspect shot and arrested and a new terror raid sparked by the brussels terror attacks. plus, he had a $7 million price tag on his head and now he is dead. the man being called the number two terrorist in isis killed in syria by u.s. troops. also, instead of talking terror, they're trading insults, and now ted cruz is blaming donald trump for a tabloid shocker.