Brussels on Lockdown After Multiple Explosions at Airport and Subway; 26 Dead, 55 Injured

Smoke is seen at Brussels airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (Daniela Schwarzer via AP)

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7:45 AM BRUSSELS (AP) – A Belgian federal prosecutor says one of the terror attacks in Brussels Tuesday was probably the work of a suicide bomber.

The attacks at the airport and the subway left many dead. A subway official says a blast there killed at least 15 and officials say fatalities occurred at both scenes.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says authorities are worried there will be more attacks.

Brussels has been locked down.


7:39 AM BRUSSELS (AP) – A Belgian subway official says there are 15 dead, 55 injured in the subway station attack.

Spokesman Guy Sablon gave the toll to The Associated Press after two explosions hit the Brussels airport on Tuesday morning and a third hit the city’s Maelbeek metro station.


6:36 AM MOSCOW (AP) – Europeans authorities have tightened security at airports and on city streets after deadly attacks on the Brussels airport and its subway system.

The Paris airport authority said security was tightened at all Paris airports soon after the Brussels explosions on Tuesday morning. Airports in London, Prague, Amsterdam and Bucharest, Romania, also saw increased security.

The attacks come just days after the main suspect in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks was arrested in Brussels on Friday.

The British and Polish governments convened emergency meetings as they beefed up security at airports.

Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck said more police are on the streets and at airports in Vienna and other major Austrian cities even though there appears to be no “Austria connection.”


6:13 AM BRUSSELS (AP) – Authorities refer to explosions at airport, subway as terror attacks; city locked down.

Airport and subway blasts in Brussels have prompted a city-wide lock-down after at least 13 people were killed in what officials say are terror attacks. Many injuries are reported.

A passenger just arriving at the airport described a scene with “blood everywhere, injured people, bags everywhere.”

European security officials have been braced for a major attack for weeks, and warned that Islamic State was actively preparing.


5:20 AM UPDATE (AP) –  Brussels Media: at least 13 people killed in explosions at airport and subway station.

An Associated Press reporter saw several people with facial injuries following an explosion in a Brussels metro station near European Union headquarters. At least two people were seen being moved on stretchers

“The metro was leaving Maelbeek station when there was a really loud explosion. It was panic everywhere. There were a lot of people in the metro,” said Alexandre Brans, 32, who was wiping blood from his face.


4:45 AM UPDATE: (CNN) – An explosion has occurred at a subway station in Molenbeek, Brussels, according to CNN affiliate RTL. The station is near the European quarter.

All metro stations in Brussels, Belgium, have been closed following a pair of explosions at the city’s airport, according to the official Twitter account for the city’s transportation agency.


Brussels, Belgium (CNN) – Two explosions occurred at the airport Brussels, Belgium.

Federal police at the airport at Zaventem told CNN that “there has been an explosion” and “something has happened.” The Brussels airport tweeted that there have been two explosions and said that “the building” is being evacuated.

Anthony Barrett said he heard something at about 8 a.m. local time from his hotel across from the terminal building. “When I opened the curtains and looked out, I could see people fleeing,” he told CNN. He said he’s seen about 19 or 20 stretchers carrying people so far. Luggage trolleys were also being used to transport the wounded.

“It’s clearly a very serious incident,” he said.

It’s unclear what caused the explosions, or if they’re related to terrorism. The airport is currently being evacuated and a disaster plan has been initiated, according to CNN affiliate RTL. Passengers have been directed to the runways.

Witnesses told RTL at least one of the two explosions took place in the airport’s departure hall.

The incident comes after Salah Abdeslam, a man who authorities say was involved in the Paris terror attacks last year, was arrested in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek on Friday.

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