Bombing attacks rock Brussels airport, metro stations. At least 34 dead, at least 150 wounded. Airport, subway shut down • Full Story
The Zaventem airport in Brussels was rocked by at least two explosions early on Tuesday morning. At least 14 people were killed in the attack on Zaventem airport, with some 90 people wounded.
A ceiling in the airport collapsed in the wake of the explosion, trapping dozens of travelers and complicating efforts to recover victims of the attack.
London-based Sky News has reported that at least one of the explosions was a suicide bombing.
The blasts reportedly occurred in the departures lounge and near the American Airlines desk. These reports have yet to be confirmed by an official source.
Just an hour after explosions rocked the Zaventem airport the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels was hit by an explosion.
The metro station bombing left at least 20 dead and 60 wounded, bringing the total death toll in Belgium to 34.
The metro bombing took place just a few hundred yards away from the seat of the European Union government.
A Brussels police spokesperson has stated that deaths were also reported at a nearby police station. It is unclear if these casualties are victims of the Maalbeek metro bombing or are from yet another attack.
Travelers are being evacuated and the airport is now on lockdown. The Brussels metro system has now been shut down, leaving thousands of desperate travelers stranded at the bombed Zaventem airport.
Witnesses reported that gun shots were fired prior to the airport bombings, accompanied by shouting in Arabic.
One Israeli was wounded in the attacks. The Foreign Ministry is currently investigating whether any other Israelis were injured in the explosions.
Following the attacks, the Belgian Interior Minister has raised the country’s terror threat indicator to its highest level.
The bombings come just four days after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam in Belgium. Abdeslam is believed to have played a key role in organizing last year’s Paris terror attacks.