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Brussels Bombings: #StopIslam Has Backfired In The Best Possible Way

Terrorism has no religion.

22/03/2016 14:27 GMT | Updated 22/03/2016 16:52 GMT

A Twitter hashtag calling to 'StopIslam' has backfired after it began trending in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Belgium.

At least 34 people have been killed in the twin attacks, with blasts ripping through a Brussels Metro station and city's major airport.

Despite the hashtag being dominated initially by negativity...

Many soon leapt to defend Islam against those tarring all Muslims as terrorists...

One person even helped out with a very clear definition...

While others simply called for a little education...

Although no one is immediately claiming ownership of the #StopIslam, the hashtag dates back to 2009...

Coinciding with #StopIslam, the word Muslim also began to trend, with people using it to inundate the site with messages of support...

The blasts occurred just before 8am local time. 

Emergency number for concerned relatives: +44 2070 080 000

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