LIVE UPDATES: Brussels Under Attack… 2 Explosions At The Airport & 3 Metro Stations
Several people have been killed and many more injured after a suspected terrorist attack at Brussels airport this morning.
Two loud explosions reportedly shook the building sending terrified passengers fleeing for their lives shortly after 8am local time.
Shots were fired and words in Arabic shouted before the blasts were heard near the American Airlines check-in desk in the departure hall, a Belgian news agency reported.
The airport is said to be on “lock down” with all flights cancelled and rail traffic towards the Belgian airport suspended.
Hundreds of people can be seen in a video fleeing the airport, as smoke billows from the building.
A blast has been reported at the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, which is just meters away from the Gare de Bruxelles-Schuman railway station. The explosion comes less than an hour after a bombing at a Brussels airport killed at least 17 people.
Large amounts of smoke have been seen coming out of the metro station in the Belgian capital. Brussels’ transport authority says all metro stations in the city are being closed, Reuters reports.
The Mallbeek station is also near a number of important EU buildings such as Berlaymont building, which houses the EU Commission and the Council of the European Union.
Belgian authorities have raised the security alert to the highest level following blasts at the Zaventem Airport and Maalbeek Metro station.
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