Today there have been two explosions at Brussels Airport and there has been another one at Maalbeek metro station near the EU building. 34 people are reported dead, over 100 injured. The terror level is on 4, its maximum, and will be for months.
Update: Sky News just announced that at least 10 people have reportedly been killed Maalbeek metro blast.
Update: All EU institutions are at alert level ORANGE - all meetings on premises and outside cancelled, access only for staff with badges (https://twitter.com/KGeorgievaEU)
Update: Sky News reported that probably no one died at Maalbeek metro blast but this has not been confirmed yet. There is confusion due to contrasts between two broadcasters.
Update: Belgium’s federal prosecutor has confirmed that the explosions at Brussels airport were carried out by a suicide bomber, according to broadcasters VTM and RTBF reported. (http://www.theguardian.com)
Update: American Airlines have released the following statement. The explosion in the airport occurred near to their departure desk.We are aware of an incident at the Brussels airport departure hall and are taking care of our customers, employees and contractors. At this time, all of our employees and contractors are accounted for with no reported injuries. […] (http://www.buzzfeed.com/aliciamelvillesmith)
Update: You are now able to mark yourself safe on Facebook.
Update: Brussels police have confirmed there have been deaths at the Maelbeek metro station but they have not disclosed numbers, AP reports. There are unconfirmed reports that 10 people were killed at the station.(http://www.theguardian.com)
Update: There have been smaller explosions near Maalbeek metro station but: “Small blasts, thought to be controlled explosions, have been heard close the Maelbeek metro. Local media said it appeared to be the work of the police bomb squad, Reuters reports.”(http://www.theguardian.com)
Update: Belgium’s prime minister Charles Michel confirmed in a television press conference that the attack at the airport was carried by a suicide bomber.
Update: Allegedly shots were fired and Arabic and French was shouted just before the two explosions at the airport but along with others@davidcrunellestates: “To journalists : no, nobody shouted islamic sentences before the two explosions. Please stop asking this. Thanks.”
Update: “Our thoughts go to the victims and their families. So far 15 victims, 55 wounded (provisional)” (Brussels metro operator STIB-MIVB)
Update: Entire Thalys high-speed rail network closed across Benelux countries(@DominicWaghorn)
Update:#ikwillhelpen and #OpenHouse equal the #PorteOuverte during the attacks in Paris. If you need or can offer help and/or shelter please post this tag or search for those tag on social media.
Update: Sky News reported that an unexploded bomb belt has been found at Brussels Airport, according to Belgian broadcaster VTM. It was blown up in controlled explosion by a bomb squad. (http://www.theguardian.com)
Update: The death toll from both the attacks has increased to 34. Maggie de Block, the Belgian health minister, said 14 people died and 81 were injured in the airport explosions. The Belgian metro authority, STIB-MIVB, and emergency services said 20 people were killed in the Maelbeek metro blast. STIB-MIVB said a further 55 people were injured. (http://www.theguardian.com)
Update: Sky News reported that the Tihange nuclear power plant in Belgium has been evacuated.
Update: Police has conducted a controlled explosion at the Vrije University in central Brussels. The circumstances are unclear. (http://www.theguardian.com)
Update: The Belgian Taxi Drivers Union has urged its members to offer free rides to those stranded after the attacks, writes Oliver Milne. The union tweeted: “Friends offer your services to your fellow citizens and help evacuate people safely. Thank you.” (http://www.theguardian.com)
Update: According to Reuters Brussels railway stations are to open again at 4 p.m. (1600) local time.
Update: The headquarters of the European Commission will be evacuated by Belgian police at 4 p.m. local time, according to VTM news. The Berlaymont building, where flags were lowered to half-mast earlier today, will be emptied so that police can perform a full security sweep of the building it said. (http://www.theguardian.com)
Update: Starbucks has said that one of the explosions appears to have occurred outside a coffee shop in Brussels airport, injuring an employee.
@oh-boromir: “If you can go donate blood, especially at the hospital Saint Pierre!” - But still make sure you are safe!
Should you be in Brussels right now: PLEASE, STAY SAFE!!! Don’t go out and don’t come to the airport. All flights are cancelled and trains are stopped. Also, STAY SAFE!!!
SCHOOL CHILDREN SHOULD BE TAKEN FROM SCHOOL AT USUAL TIMES.
TEXT, DON’T CALL IF YOU SPEAK WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
If you call 112 you will be redirected to an English-speaking officer. 1771 is the local emergency number
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