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Terror hits Brussels. Blasts at airport & Metro station kill 34 people, ISIS claims responsibility

Vishal Manve | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:01 IST
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  • Photos showed passengers running from the terminal building as smoke rose poured out of smashed windows.
  • The blasts come four days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam, main suspect in the Paris attacks in November.
The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for deadly terrorist bombings that struck Brussels on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people at the international airport and in a subway station, near the headquarters of the Europe.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at Brussels airport killing at least 16 people and a further blast tore through a rush-hour metro train in the capital shortly afterwards, claiming 15 lives, according to public broadcaster VRT.

Atleast 55 injured in a blast on the Brussels metro in Maelbeek, public transport operator STIB said.

Numerous images on social media depicted smoke rising from one of the buildings in the terminal.

The cause of the explosions is unknown and some reports from the scene speak of casualties.

However, this has not been confirmed as yet. The blasts come four days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam, main suspect in the Paris attacks in November.
Indians in Belgium can contact Mission's Emergency numbers: +32-26409140; +32-26451850 (PABX) & +32-476748575 (mobile): MEA tweets.
Jet Airways helpline numbers: India 1800225522; United States 1-877-8359538; United Kingdom 08081011199.
There will be a National security council this morning and the whole of Belgium has moved to Alert level 4, the highest possible alert level.

The terror threat level in Belgium has been raised to four, its highest level. Raising the threat level to four means authorities can deploy the army onto the streets to meet security needs, CNN reports.

France's top security officials have said the country is reinforcing security at airports, train stations and metros after Tuesday's attacks.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said France has stepped up security following news of the attacks.

Watch some video footage from the horrific attack here:

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First published: 22 March 2016, 1:25 IST
 
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Vishal Manve handles business and international relations beat for Catch. Previously, he has worked with Scroll.in and Daily News and Analysis and has interned with BBC World News and Gateway House council on global relations. Currently, he is pursuing Law from Government Law College, Mumbai. In his free time, Vishal researches on various aspects of foreign policy, human rights and feminism and looks for people who will share their stories with him.

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