At Least 23 dead in Islamic Terrorist Bombing of American Airlines Desk in Brussels Airport, with Further Explosions at Metro Stations Across Brussels including Near EU Headquarters’


Death Toll Mounts with at least 23 people Confirmed dead so far and at least several dozen injured after two explosions at ‘American Airlines’ check-in desk at Brussels Airport and Reported Blasts at Metro Stations across the City.

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  • Shouts ‘in Arabic’ heard before two explosions went off near the American Airlines check-in desk at 8am (7am GMT)
  • Terrified passengers covered in blood ran for their lives after explosion sent ‘shockwaves’ through terminal building
  • Evacuated passengers are being ferried onto buses and are being driven to a ‘crisis centre’ away from the airport 
  • Comes a day after Belgium minister warned of revenge attacks after arrest of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam

At least eleven people have died and several injured after two explosions rocked Brussels Airport in a suspected terror attack.

Witnesses described seeing ‘dismembered bodies everywhere’ after the blasts which are believed to have centred on the American Airlines check-in desk at around 8am (7am GMT).

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There were reports that shouts in Arabic were heard in the building before the two explosion and shots were fired in the aftermath. 

Photographs from inside the arrivals hall showed the floor was covered in fallen roof tiles and dust as bloodied people hobbled out of the airport. Others injured were photographed lying on the floor. 

Video also shows terrified passengers running for their lives out of the terminal. 

In the aftermath of the explosions thousands of people waiting for flights this morning were penned inside the terminal as police sealed off the shattered arrivals hall. 

The explosions come just a day after the Belgium Interior Minister warned of possible revenge attacks after the arrest of Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week.

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Two explosions rock Brussels airport

AT least one person has reportedly been killed after two explosions at the Zaventem airport in Brussels.

Several people were also injured in the explosions which occurred in the American Airlines departure hall at around 8am.

Shocking CCTV footage of the explosions has emerged on social media.

Belgian media are reporting gunfire and shouting in Arabic was heard in the airport before the explosions.

Belgium Interior Minister has declared the nation has raised its terror level to maximum.

Sky News journalist Alex Rossi, who is reporting live from inside the airport, said there is a great deal of confusion but the evacuees believe it is a terrorist attack.

“Don’t know about the number of injuries but certainly, the people I am with believe there is a terrorist attack, but again cannot confirm,” he said.

A woman who was injured in the two explosions at Brussels Airport. Picture: Twitter.

A woman who was injured in the two explosions at Brussels Airport.

Rossi described the moment of the explosions,and how he saw a woman bleeding from her eye.

“I was in the duty free in Zaventem Airport and I heard two very, very loud explosions,” he told Sky.

“I could feel the building move. There was also dust and smoke as well.

“I went towards where the explosion came from and there were people coming out looking very dazed and shocked.

“The thinking here is that it is some kind of terrorist attack although that hasn’t been verified by any of the authorities here at the airport.

“Don’t know how the explosion took place, the method if you like. But it certainly seems Brussels airport has been targeted in a terrorist attack.”

Rossi said passengers were being evacuated to a crisis centre in the nearby village.

The evacuees were told to leave all hand luggage in the airport.

All flights in and out of the airport have now been put on hold.

The aftermath of the two explosions at the Brussels Airport. Picture: Twitter.

The aftermath of the two explosions at the Brussels Airport.

A woman who was injured in the Brussels Airport explosions. Picture: Twitter.

A woman who was injured in the Brussels Airport explosions.

 

Pictures and footage of the airport has been shared on social media by witnesses at the scene.

The explosions follow the arrest of Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam in the Brussels district of Molenbeek on Saturday.

Two explosions heard at Brussels airport

Carnage: At least eleven people have died and several  injured after two explosions rocked Brussels Airport in a suspected terror attack

Carnage: At least eleven people have died and several injured after two explosions rocked Brussels Airport in a suspected terror attack

A soldier walks through debris after two explosion rocked a terminal building at Brussels Airport

A soldier walks through debris after two explosion rocked a terminal building at Brussels Airport

Two explosions have been heard at Brussels Airport

Two explosions have been heard at Brussels Airport

Injured passengers are covered in blood and dust after the explosions in the terminal building

Injured passengers are covered in blood and dust after the explosions in the terminal building

A man lies injured on the floor after two explosions rocked the the American Airlines check-in desk

A man lies injured on the floor after two explosions rocked the the American Airlines check-in desk

People already checked-in were then slowly evacuated through emergency exits – but were told to leave all their hand luggage as police checked bags for more explosives. 

Evacuated air passengers are being ferried onto buses and are being driven to a ‘crisis centre’ away from the airport. Women and children are being moved first. 

Sky News Middle East correspondent Alex Rossi, who was at the airport en route for Tel Aviv, told the channel: ‘I could feel the buildings move.’ 

Pauline Deglume tweeted: ‘My godfather is located at the airport and said he saw dismembered bodies everywhere.’ 

Armed police in protective clothing combed the building for more wounded travellers and suspicious bags. 

All flights are being diverted from the airport this morning as it remains on lockdown.

Flights due to land at Brussels-Zaventem, which handles 21million passengers a year, were sent to Antwerp, Liege, and Brussels Charleroi airports.

The Belgian Interior Minister has raised the country’s security level to ‘maximum’ this morning as it prepares itself for more terror attacks in the wake of the airport bombings.  

Video shows terrified passengers running for their lives out of the terminal

Video shows terrified passengers running for their lives out of the terminal

Pictures show the terminal windows blown out from the force of the explosion and smoke rising into the sky

Pictures show the terminal windows blown out from the force of the explosion and smoke rising into the sky

The incident came as the Belgian capital was on a state of high alert following the arrest of Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week. 

Belgium’s Interior Minister, Jan Jambon, said the country was on high alert for a possible revenge attack following the capture of 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam in a flat in Brussels on Friday.

‘We know that stopping one cell can … push others into action. We are aware of it in this case,’ he told public radio. 

Brussels is on high alert following the capture last Friday of Salah Abdeslam, the most-wanted man in Europe, in the Molenbeek neighbourhood of the city after a four-month search.  

Just yesterday Belgium’s Interior Minister Jan Jambon said the country was braced for a possible revenge attack following the capture of 26-year-old Abdeslam.

France is seeking Abdeslam’s extradition so he can stand trial for his alleged role in the November 13 rampage of gunfire and suicide bombings that killed 130 people in Paris.

Mr Jambon said: ‘After 18 months of dealing with this terrorist issue, I have learned that when the terrorists and weapons are in the same place, and that’s what we saw in [the suburb of] Forest, we are close to an attack. I’m not saying it is evidence. But yes, there are indications.’ 

Pictures show the terminal window blown in from the force of the explosion and smoke rising high into the sky

Pictures show the terminal window blown in from the force of the explosion and smoke rising high into the sky

Belgium is under great tension, with its federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw saying yesterday that last year the country worked on 315 new anti-terror cases and nearly 60 so far this year.

Indeed, many witnesses at Brussels Airport today immediately jumped to the conclusion that there had been a terrorist attack, which reflects the nature of the country.

Sky News reporter Alex Rossi, who is at the airport, said tension levels in the city ‘seem to have dropped somewhat’ since the Paris attacks in November.

He added: ‘I don’t know whether that is because the threat wasn’t as great – clearly if this is a terrorist attack, that isn’t the case – or if that’s because people become… used to terror.

‘Terror of course works by people being shocking, being surprising. And when you become more used to that level of threat I suppose you can’t remain at such an anxious, intense level.

‘But having said that, people were still worried. People you would talk to would talk about the level of military on the streets, the level of security, and these are anxious times indeed.’

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Brendan Power: www.powerglobal.us

I think our culture and values are worth fighting for,

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