Brussels attacks: What we know
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The Belgian government has confirmed 26 dead in the terror attacks. However, Belgian broadcaster RTBF reported that some of the injured at the airport may be unconscious in the departure terminal. Maggie De Block, Belgium's federal health minister, said the terrorist bombings at the airport killed 11 people and injured 81. Brussels' transportation agency said 15 people died in the metro bombing and 55 were injured.
All flights cancelled until Wednesday morning 6 a.m. Zaventem airport serves about 24 million people a year. It is located about 7 miles from north-east of central Brussels. Follow @BrusselsAirport for more information. Additionally, all public transportation in Brussels is shut down.
In this AFP/Newslook video, a witness describes the scene at the Brussels airport. "I heard an explosion, that was the first bomb ... when we came out of the elevator, from that moment, the second bomb exploded and then we saw doors flying ... ceiling coming down, smoke on everything"
Brussels Airport has 2 blasts, 1 more at subway stop
Brussels under attack: Live updates
Belgian federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said it was too soon to know exactly how many people died in the bombings. Yet the Brussels Metro Authority reported that 15 died and 55 were wounded in the subway station blast. And Belgian media report at least 11 more people were killed in the two blasts in the Brussels Airport departure hall.
Of the two explosions at the airport, at least one was a suicide bombing, Van Leeuw said. A blast happened there outside the security checkpoints for ticketed passengers and near the airline check-in counters, an airline official briefed on the situation said.
At least 21 people were killed and dozens were wounded in twin attacks Tuesday morning on Brussels’s airport and metro, firefighters said.
Pierre Meys, a spokesman for Brussels fire brigade, said 11 people died in a suicide attack at Brussels Airport. He said “an enormous explosion” at Maalbeek metro station killed around 10 others.
Meys stressed that the death toll at the airport was “initial,” warning that a “false ceiling collapsed with lots of rubble and so there could still be more victims.”
Belgian authorities defined the explosions as terror attacks and the public transport system in the city was shut down in the wake of the blasts.
Brussels residents were told to “stay where you are,” while Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo urged people to avoid making calls to stop the city’s mobile networks getting saturated, and to communicate with online messages instead.