Explosions Hit the Brussels airport, several Killed
Twin explosions have been reported at the departure hall of Brussels airport on Tuesday morning killing up to 10 people and injuring 30 others and a second blast struck a metro station in the capital shortly afterwards, reports Belgian public broadcaster RTBF. It is reported that the shots were also fired and there were shouts in Arabic shortly before the blasts at the airport.
These blasts at the airport and metro station foolow the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, a suspected participant in November militant attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Belgian police had been on alert for any reprisal action.
RTBF further said the metro station hit by the explosion was close to European Union institutions. Authorities closed all metro stations in Brussels, but there were no details immediately available of any casualties in this second incident of the day.Brussels airport said it had cancelled all flights and the complex had been evacuated and trains to the airport had been stopped. Passengers were taken to coaches from the terminal that would remove them to a secure area.
Police did not give any confirmation of the cause of the blast. But there has been a high state of alert across western Europe for fear of militant attacks backed by Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Paris attack.
Belgium's Interior Minister, Jan Jambon, said on Monday the country was on high alert for a revenge attack.