LIVE COVERAGE: Terrorist Attacks In Brussels


Terrorists attacks took place early this morning in Brussels, Belgium around 8 a.m. local time, one attack took place at the airport while, as many as three metro train stations were targeted as well today. ISIS is expected to have carried out the attacks, but as of now they have yet to take responsibility.

Two blasts tore through the departures area of Zaventem airport then just about an hour later, an explosion hit Maelbeek metro station. The airport and whole transport system are closed.

The attacks come four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive in the Paris attacks, was seized in Brussels. Belgium has now raised its terror threat to its highest level.

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Prime Minister Charles Michel called the attacks “blind, violent and cowardly”, saying they were a “tragic moment in our country’s history. I would like to call on everyone to show calmness and solidarity”.

Airports in New York, Washington and Boston as well as all of the metro systems in all three cities are now on high alert. Meaning that there is a very large police presence on hand along with Homeland Security officials are also coordinating with local police.

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Meanwhile, European Union president Donald Tusk said: “These attacks mark another low by the terrorists in the service of hatred and violence.”

Belgian broadcaster VRT said 13 people were killed at the airport, with at least 35 people severely injured.

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Some reports from the metro station speak of at least 10 deaths, but again there is no official confirmation.

The Belga news agency reports that shots were fired and shouts in Arabic were heard before the two explosions at the airport.

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