Blasts at Brussels Airport and Metro Station

Two blasts took place at the departure hall of Brussels airport on Tuesday morning. The twin blasts killed 13 people and injured several others. Soon after this, a blast was reported at a metro station close to the European Union institutions in Brussels. Belgium is on maximum alert. The rail traffic to the airport has been suspended. Flights to and from Brussels have been cancelled and the airport was evacuated. All metro operations have also been suspended following the blast at the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels.

Social media showed pictures of windows shattered by the blast and smoke rising from the departure hall of the Brussels airport. Soon after the explosions took place, Brussels Airport tweeted – “Don’t come to the airport – airport is being evacuated. Avoid the airport area. Flights have been cancelled.”

The blasts have happened just four days after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect in November’s Paris terror attacks. The gun and bomb attacks in Paris at a football stadium, bars and a concert hall killed 130 people. Salah Abdeslam was shot in the leg and captured during a police raid in Brussels.  He told the investigators that he planned to blow himself up at a sports stadium with fellow Islamic State militants but changed his mind.

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