Explosions went off at Brussels airport and one of the city’s metro stations this morning killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens. The capital was locked down again due to security threats.
Out of the two airport blast, one was blamed on a suicide bomber. Who left a grimacing scene of blood splatter as well as blown out windows, collapsed ceilings on travelers and a very smoky area.
Within an hour there was another bomb, however, this time it was on a rush-hour subway near European Union headquarters. Passengers had to evacuate through darkened tunnels to get to safety.
Belgian prime minister Charles Michel said “what we feared has happened,” In this time of tragedy, for our country, I appeal to everyone to remain calm and show solidarity.”
Belgium raised its terror alert to the highest level. Diverting planes, trains and ordering everyone to stay where they were.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls said “we have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war.”
European security officials have been bracing for a major attack for weeks. Being warned that the Islamic State group was actively preparing to strike. An arrest was made Friday of a key suspect, from the November attacks in Paris. Many more are still involved and also on the loose.
No immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks. However, Salah Abdeslam told authorities he had created a new netowrk and was planning new attacks.
At Brussels Zaventem airport, the two explosions hit the departures area during the busy morning rush. Belgian Health Minister Maggie de Block told the media that 11 peple were killed 81 injured.
Zach Mouzoun, who arrived on a flight from Geneva about 10 minutes before the first blast. said “the second, louder explosion brought down ceilings and ruptured pipes, mixing water with victims blood.”we were walking in the debris. It was a war scene,” he said.
Anthony Deloos, an airport worker for Swiss-port. Which handles check-in and baggage services, said the first explosion took place near the Swissport counters. Where customers pay for overweight baggage, he and a colleague said the second blast hit near the Starbucks cafe.
Near the entrance to the station, rescue workers set up a makeshift medical treatment center in a pub. Dazed and a bit shocked, commuters streamed from the metro entrance as police tried to set up a security cordon.The metro was shut down after attacks, as did the airport. More than 200 flights to Brussels were diverted or canceled, according to flight radar 24.At least one and possibly two Kalashnikovs were found in the departure lounge at the airport. According to European security officials, in contact with Belgian police.