Explosions at Brussels Airport and Maalbeek metro station

22nd March 2016, Comments 0 comments

At least 11 people have been killed during a terrorist attack at Brussels Airport. Maalbeek metro station has been the target of an explosion too.

Two explosions occurred in the departure hall of the airport around 8AM. Belgian government sources speak of a terrorist attack. One of the explosions targeted the Brussels Airlines check-in counter.

Some 85 people have been injured.

Reports speak of a suicide attack involving one person.  Ahead of the explosions a person shouted out in Arabic.

The terrorist threat level has been heightened to four, the highest possible level, across the country.

Emergency services have converged on the airport that has been evacuated. Sources speak of thirty-five injured and a dozen fatalities. Over a hundred people are being treated at the sports hall at the airport.

The airport was particularly busy at the time of the attacks. Planes bound for Brussels are being diverted.

The Brussels central metro station has been evacuated too amid reports of explosions at the Schuman and Maalbeek metro stations.The entire airport grounds are now being evacuated.  People are being asked to head for the ring road. Brussels Airport will remain closed until 6AM on Wednesday.

 

Flandersnews.be / Expatica

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