During an interview on CNN's "New Day" Tuesday morning, CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank offered a harrowing analysis of Tuesday's terror attack at Zaventem Airport, which was where the first of two attacks occurred during Brussel's busy morning rush hour.
Speaking to show co-host Alisyn Camerota, Cruickshank refuted the idea that the airport's departure hall was a "soft target" and instead said that the airport's increased security efforts following the November terror attacks in France made the successful denotation of bombs that much more astonishing.
"Ever since the Paris attacks, they have massively stepped up security there. At the airport, at the pavement as people drop people off...soldiers with very, very heavy automatic weapons," Cruickshank said. "There are a lot of police controls that patrol."
"This was a hard target, this wasn't a soft target. Even though they didn't get through security, this is one of the most well-protected sites in Europe," he added. "Just think about that — it appears ISIS broke through."
Cruickshank's comments, which came shortly before 9 a.m. EST, were made before the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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