French Cartoonist Consoles Victims of Tragic Brussels Attacks in Moving Tribute

March 22, 2016 Updated: March 22, 2016

During rush hour on March 22, Brussels was hit with a terrorist attack—three explosions, all of which were suicide bombings, injuring nearly 200 people and killing at least 34, according to Belgian authorities.

Belgium’s prime minister Charles Michel said at a news conference that there were “many killed, many injured.”

“We dreaded an attack, and it has come,” he said.

#JeSuisBruxelles, or ‘I am Brussels.’

The terrorist attack that took place at a public transit system and at an airport, is the second major attack in western Europe in less than five months—On Nov. 13, terrorists attacked Paris killing 130 people.

Parisians know all too well the horrors of terrorist attacks like this morning’s. French cartoonist Plantu illustrated a tribute to both terrorist attacks—with the dates Nov.13 and Mar.22—in the French newspaper Le Monde, in solidarity with Belgium, France’s neighbor.

The picture has already gone viral on social media with the hashtag #JeSuisBruxelles, or “I am Brussels.” 

ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks.

People leave messages and flowers in tribute to victims    (Photo credit should read NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images)
People leave messages and flowers in tribute to victims (Photo credit should read NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images)