Update 12:00 P.M. EST:
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks:
“Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices on Tuesday, targeting an airport and a central metro station in the center of the Belgian capital Brussels,” AMAQ agency said.
Update 9:00 A.M. EST:
At least 31 have been reported dead, according to BBC News.
Twin explosions rocked the check-in zone at Brussels Airport Tuesday, killing and wounding several people, while another blast tore through a metro station in the nation’s capital.
The incident began when a pair of explosions blasted through the a departure corridor at Brussels Airport, in the town of Zaventem, “about seven miles northeast of the city center, just before 8 a.m.[local time],” reports The New York Times:
According to news agencies, 13 people were killed at the airport, and 15 in the subway bombing, while 30 others were wounded. Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium said there were “numerous” dead. “We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” he said. At least one of the two explosions at the airport appeared to have been set off by a suicide bomber, officials said.
Mr. Michel issued an extraordinary appeal to the population to “avoid all movement,” as the authorities braced for possible further attacks.
The attacks put the Belgian capital in a state of virtual lockdown. All flights were canceled for the day. All subway, tram and bus travel was shut down. Eurostar canceled its trains connecting Brussels with Paris and London. Thalys, which runs high-speed trains linking dozens of cities in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, suspended service. Cellphone lines were jammed as panicked travelers and Belgians tried to make calls.
These attacks occurred just three days after a suicide bombing in Instanbul, killing 5 people (including the bomber) and injuring at least 36, The Guardian reports.
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