22 Mart 2016 Salı 11:44
Brussels attacks: At least 26 killed, 136 wounded

Two explosions erupted at the departure hall in the Zaventem airport in Brussels, and left at least 11 killed while 81 were injured, Belgian health ministry has said. Another blast that hit the Maelbeek metro station near EU buildings killed at least 15 people and injured 55, said Belgian reports. 

Some sources said that the death toll reached 28 in total, while some other reports said 26A Turkish citizen was allegedly injured and hospitalized as well, an airport officer told DHA.

Belgian federal prosecutor: Airport blast was suicide attack

Belgian federal prosecutor said the blast at the airport was "a suicide attack".

Footage and images released on social media showed rising smoke on the terminal, as well as people fleeing the area with panic.

The airport has been evacuated and closed to flights, while train transportation to the airport has been halted, according to local media. No one claimed responsibility for the attacks so far.

Shots were fired and a person allegedly cried in Arabic right before the attack, according to several eye witnesses confirmed by Belgian media.

Belgian PM: A dark day for the country

Meanwhile, Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel confirmed two attacks in Brussels this morning and said many people were killed and many wounded.

PM Michel confirmed the blast at the terminal was a suicide attack. "What we feared has happened" he said, calling this a "dark day" for Belgium.

"Avoid the airport area. Flights have been cancelled" said the statement of Brussels Airport on Twitter.

The blast erupted after Turkish Airlines passengers entered the plane for the Brussels-Istanbul flight.The plane was not affected by the explosion. Passengers have been told to wait at the apron.

Belgium raised "terror alert" to 4, the maximum level, said Belgium Interior Minister Jan Jambon.

The cabinet is expected to hold an emergency meeting after the attack. The Belgium Parliament and the Prime Ministry building have been evacuated as well. Security measures at London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam airports were boosted after the attacks. EU institutions cancelled all meetings.

"No public transport. Stay where you are, also in schools, companies" said Belgian crisis center.

Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect of the deadly Paris terror attacks in November was caught in Brussels four days ago.


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