Death toll rises in Brussels airport, metro attacks


Two explosions have been detonated in the departures area of Brussels International airport at Zaventem at around 08.00 local time (07.00 UTC) killing many, according to news reports.

Two bomb packages went off in the departure hall of Brussels airport, Het Laatste Nieuws reported. One was close to the SN Brussels Airlines desk and another near the American Airlines desk, it said. Belgian broadcaster VRT reported that as many as 13 people are believed to have been killed, 35 injured in the Brussels airport explosions. Police have yet to release an official death toll.

The blasts come four days after the capture in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the jihadist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015. Belgium has now raised its terror threat to its highest level.


Eurocontrol’s Network Manager reported at 07.27 (UTC): “EBBR (Brussels), airport unavailability until further notice. More information will follow. NMOC Brussels”.

Another explosion at Maelbeek Metro station at at 09:11 local time close to European Union institutions which killed another reported 15 people forced authorities to shut down the underground transit system.

Belgium has raised its terror threat to the highest level, AFP reports, which takes the level for the entire country up from level three to the maximum level four. Belgium was already on high alert after a shootout in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek last week in which Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam was captured.



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