At least 28 are dead in Belgium this morning following multiple explosions caused by mysterious men shouting in Arabic. No known motive or suspects, although EU authorities are concerned the attacks could cause a rise in suspected Islamophobia.
At least 28 people have been killed and dozens injured in Brussels after a series of terror attacks struck the city’s airport and a metro station near the EU headquarters.
Witnesses described apocalyptic scenes with blood and ‘dismembered bodies everywhere’ after two blasts rocked the American Airlines check-in desk at Brussels Airport at 8am (7am GMT) in a suspected suicide bombing. At least 13 people have died and 35 were injured.
Then 79 minutes later at 9.19am, at least 15 people were killed and scores seriously injured when a blast hit a Metro station just 400 metres from the EU headquarters in the city centre.
At the airport, shouts in Arabic were heard before the explosions which sent shockwaves through the terminal building, shattering windows, knocking roof tiles off the ceiling and sending terrified passengers running for their lives.
The explosions have left countries worldwide reeling, with security placed on high alert, flights cancelled, Eurostar services suspended and France’s border with Belgium shut down.
Troops also been deployed at the airport and other key locations across Brussels as Belgium raised its security level to ‘maximum’ in the wake of the attacks.
The bombings come just a day after the Belgium Interior Minister warned of possible revenge attacks after the arrest of Paris massacre suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city on Friday.
Photographs from inside the arrivals hall showed the floor covered in fallen tiles and dust as bloodied people hobbled out of the airport. Others injured were photographed lying on the floor.
Video showed terrified passengers running for their lives out of the building.
Firefighters who entered the terminal to search for survivors are said to have found a third unexploded device, while armed police in protective clothing combed the building for more wounded travellers and suspicious bags.
Samir Derrouich, who works at a restaurant in the airport, told MailOnline: ‘The two explosions were almost simultaneous.
‘They were both at a check-in desk. One was close to the Starbucks. It was awful. There was just blood. It was like the apocalypse.’
Gee, we just hope people will give peace a chance.
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Authorities are focusing on a couple of suspects related to the Paris attacks in November.
Two suspected terrorists named by Belgian police as accomplices to November’s Paris attacks are likely to be the focus of investigations as to who was responsible for the triple blasts at Brussel’s airports and metros.
Najim Laachraoui and Mohamed Abrini are still on the run following police raids that led to the capture of Salah Abdeslam, the lead Paris attacker, in Brussels on Friday.
One theory is that they may have launched Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels on the assumption that police interrogation of Abdeslam would have given police leads as to their own whereabouts.
Laachraoui, a 24-year-old Syrian, reportedly left for Syria in February 2013 and returned to Europe under the false name of Soutane Kayal, which he used to travel to Hungary in September with Salah Abdeslam.
Police have confirmed that Laachraoui’s DNA was found on several explosive belts used in the November attacks. His DNA was found during investigations in the Belgian town of Auvelais and the Brussels district of Schaerbeek.
We just hope people aren’t inconvenienced by the search for these suspected murderers. Here’s video: