Days after a suspect in the Paris terror attacks was arrested in Brussels, deadly explosions rocked the airport and subway system in the capital of Belgium, killing at least 34 and injuring at least 170.
Brussels is under attack. At least 13 are dead after two explosions in the airport’s departure hall rang out at the American Airlines counter on March 22, causing the ceilings to cave in and major chaos to erupt as innocent civilians fled for their lives. Another attack hit in a stopped Metro car at Maelbeek, where it’s reported that 15 more were killed.
Belgium’s threat level is at the highest level with fears that further attacks could ensue as the day continues, as this is being considered a suicide attack. All incoming and outgoing flights have been canceled, trains and bus travel have been halted, and the people in the city have been urged to stay where they are as order is attempted to be restored.
Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam was captured in Brussels on March 18 after being on the run for more than four months, and there are concerns that this attack in Belgium is connected to this arrest — there was an ISIS flag and detonating system in his safe house when police found him. However, as of now, there is no confirmation that this new attack is related to Salah or ISIS.
Survivors of the attacks would later tell Reuters that they heard shouts in Arabic shortly before two blasts struck the packed airport departure lounge. Police reportedly found a Kalashnikov assault rifle next to a dead attacker. An unexploded suicide vest was also found in the rubble besides the dead terrorists body, reports the Daily Mail. Yvan, Mayeur, 56, said that at least twenty people died in the attack that happened at the subway station near the EU headquarters, according to the Associated Press.
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“It was atrocious. The ceilings collapsed,” an eyewitness at the airport described the scene. “There was blood everywhere, injured people, bags everywhere. We were walking in debris. It was a war scene.”
“There will be extra security measures,” the Brussels Prime Minister confirmed after the attacks. “The border controls will be increased and there will also be more restrictions on public transport and we will reinforce the presence of military at several sites. We are still discussing with the crisis center to see what extra measures will need to be taken. Of course, our primary thoughts go to all those injured and the families of the injured.”
WATCH: Eyewitness recalls moment explosions rang out in Brussels metro. https://t.co/oc6UPkvYCN
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