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At Least 28 Dead in Terrorist Attacks in Brussels

© AFP 2016/ EMMANUEL DUNAND
© AFP 2016/ EMMANUEL DUNAND
At least 28 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Brussels – 15 in its metro and 13 at the city’s airport.

At least one of the two Brussels Airport terrorist attacks was carried out by a suicide bomber, Belgian Federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

“There were two explosions at a departure hall in Zaventem this morning. One was possibly arranged by a suicide bomber,” Leeuw said as media reports emerged of up to 28 deaths.

Leeuw said a third explosion at the Malbeek subway station in central Brussels occurred half an hour after the initial blast.

​The European Parliament has increased security after the explosions in a Brussels airport and metro, the parliament’s spokesman said Tuesday.

A series of blasts hit the Belgian capital earlier in the day, including two explosions in the Brussels Zaventem airport that left 13 people killed and 35 injured. Ten people were reportedly killed in explosions at the Maalbeek and Schuman metro stations in central Brussels, local media reported, citing police.

The blasts in Brussels come just days after Salah Abdeslam, the mastermind behind the November Paris Attacks, was arrested in Belgium.

Daesh Claims Responsibility for Brussels Attacks

Islamic jihadists have claimed responsibility for the deadly Brussels attack. Scores of people were killed and many others were injured when explosions shook Zaventem airport and the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels.

Earlier it was reported, that before explosions shooting was heard in the departures area of the airport, then someone shouted something in Arabic.

A series of blasts hit the Belgian capital earlier in the day, including two explosions in the Brussels Zaventem airport that left 13 people killed and 35 injured. Ten people were reportedly killed in explosions at the Maalbeek and Schuman metro stations in central Brussels, local media reported, citing police.

​The blasts in Brussels come just days after Salah Abdeslam, the mastermind behind the November Paris Attacks, was arrested in Belgium.

Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL/ISIS) is outlawed in numerous countries across the world, including Russia.

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© REUTERS/ Jacky Naegelen
© REUTERS/ Jacky Naegelen

Belgium Closes Border With France, Steps Up Security at Nuclear Sites

France-Belgium border has been closed, local RTBF broadcaster reported Tuesday.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — The border between France and Belgium has been closed and security measures have been increased at Belgian nuclear sites, local RTBF broadcaster reported Tuesday.

“The French-Belgian border has been closed, control has been increased at nuclear sites,” an RTBF correspondent said.

The blasts in Brussels come just days after Salah Abdeslam, the mastermind behind the November Paris Attacks, was arrested in Belgium.​The security alert has been raised to the top — fourth — level throughout the country following the blasts. Shortly after the airport blasts, explosions were also reported at the Maalbeek and Schuman metro stations in the Brussels city center.

Belgian intelligence had advance knowledge of plans to carry out terrorist attacks in the country but was unaware of their time or location, the French BFMTV reported Tuesday, citing police sources.

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© REUTERS/ Eric Gaillard
© REUTERS/ Eric Gaillard

Europe is in a State of War – French Prime Minister

The French prime minister has declared that Europe is currently in a state of war.

France has mobilized additional 1600 police officers, gendarmes to ensure security following the Brussels attacks.

“Europe is in a state of war. The terror threat remains on the highest level,” Valls said at a government meeting.

In this image provided by Daniela Schwarzer, smoke is seen at Brussels airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016
© AP Photo/ Daniela Schwarzer

A total of 400 additional police officers will boost security in the greater Paris area, and military patrols will be refocused on public transport sites.Earlier France has closed its border with Belgium.

​Belgian intelligence had advance knowledge of plans to carry out terrorist attacks in the country but was unaware of their time or location, the French BFMTV reported Tuesday, citing police sources.

​The blasts in Brussels come just days after Salah Abdeslam, the mastermind behind the November Paris Attacks, was arrested in Belgium.

At least 15 people have been killed in the Metro terror attacks in Brussels, according to Belgian broadcaster RTBF. Ten more people have been reportedly injured.

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European Parliament Steps Up Security After Brussels Airport, Metro Blasts

The European Parliament has increased security after the explosions in a Brussels airport and metro, the parliament’s spokesman said Tuesday.

A military police soldier patrols the Brussels Airport
© AFP 2016/ DIRK WAEM / BELGA

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – A series of blasts hit the Belgian capital earlier in the day, including two explosions in the Brussels Zaventem airport that left 13 people killed and 35 injured.

Ten people were reportedly killed in explosions at the Maalbeek and Schuman metro stations in central Brussels, local media reported, citing police.”

#European Parliament deeply worried by Brussels attacks. Security level increased. Working closely with Belgian authorities,” Jaume Duch wrote on his Twitter account.

He added that European Parliament buildings were not being evacuated, but several meetings had been canceled.

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Suicide Bomber Behind Twin Explosions at Brussels Airport

The explosions that killed at least 10 people on Tuesday were carried out by a suicide bomber, Belgian broadcaster VRT reports.

According to an official communique from the Belgian government, the Brussels airport explosions are being considered a terrorist attack.

​Twin explosions rocked the airport earlier in the day. The building has been evacuated and traffic to the area has been suspended.

The blasts in Brussels come just days after Salah Abdeslam, the mastermind behind the November Paris Attacks, was arrested in Belgium.

Belgian intelligence had advance knowledge of plans to carry out terrorist attacks in the country but was unaware of their time or location, the French BFMTV reported Tuesday, citing police sources.

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