BREAKING: Two Explosions Heard At Brussels Airport, Casualties Reported
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Two loud explosions have been heard at the departures area of Zaventem airport in Brussels, prompting the evacuation of passengers and all flights to be cancelled.
According to Twitter user Anna Ahronheim, whose bio says she is a Defense Correspondent for I24News, at least 11 people have been killed and 20 people have been injured.
The Belgian fire service has confirmed this, telling local media there were at least several dead and wounded, BBC reports.
The blasts come four days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam in Brussels – the main suspect in the November Paris attacks.
Reports say at least one of the explosions was close to the American Airlines check-in area, but this has not been confirmed.
Belgian media reported several people were injured in a departure hall and smoke was seen rising from one of the terminal buildings. Transport links to the airport have also been suspended, The Guardian reports.
Belgium’s Het Laatste Nieuws reports that more bombs have been found. The Belga news agency reports that shots were fired and shouts in Arabic were heard before the two explosions.
Sky News television’s Alex Rossi, at the scene, said he heard two ‘very, very loud explosions’: “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.”
Belgium has now raised its terror threat to its highest level, BBC reports.
More details soon.