Two bomb blasts occurred in the departures area of Zaventem airport and one on a metro train in apparently coordinated attacks at the height of rush hour on Tuesday morning, March 22. The third explosion reportedly hit Maalbeek metro station, close to EU institutions.
The BBC reports that the metro system and airport have both been closed, and all public transport in the city suspended.
The Belgian government has confirmed casualties at the airport and Maalbeek metro station. The figures are currently estimated at 28 dead and 130 wounded. According to casualty reports, Brussels transport officials say 15 died at Maalbeek and media say up to 13 died at the airport. From… NAIJ.COM
It remains uncertain what the true cause of the explosions is; however, authorities say it was a suicide attack. The whole metro system has been closed. Belgium has now raised its terror threat to its highest level.
According to Belgian TV, one of the blasts in the Brussels airport was caused by a suicide bomber. At the time of filing this report, Belgian police say they have found three unused suicide belts at Zaventem airport. Belgium’s interior minister, Jan Jambon, said on Monday the country was aware of the risk of a possible revenge attack following the capture of 26-year-old Abdeslam.