At least 26 dead in Brussels after explosions at airport, metro station

At least 26 dead in Brussels after explosions at airport, metro station

Submitted by rajiv on Tue, 2016-03-22 14:41 Brussels (Belgium): At least 26 people were killed after multiple explosions first ripped through the departure lounge of Zaventem Airport and later at a metro station in Brussels on Tuesday. At least 11 people were killed at the airport, according to news agencies, and the city’s transit agency said 15 were killed in the subway bombing. More than 130 others were reported wounded. At least one of the two airport explosions was touched off by a suicide bomber, officials said, reported the New York Times. “We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium said at a news conference. On Twitter, he issued an appeal to the population to “avoid all movement”. The blasts come days after the capture of prime Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in Brussels which killed 130 people. The attacks on Tuesday put the Belgian capital in a state of virtual lockdown. All flights to and from Brussels Airport were canceled for the day, and flights were diverted. Subway, tram and bus travel was shut down. Eurostar canceled its trains connecting Brussels with Paris and London, said the NYT. According to a report in Expatica, two blasts targeted the main hall of Zaventem Airport at around 8 am (0700 GMT), with prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw saying there was at least one suicide bomber. A third hit a train at Maalbeek metro station near the European Union's main buildings, just as commuters were making their way to work in rush hour.