Brussels terrorist explosions leave 13 dead

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©BBC|Zavantem departure lounge - Brussels

Zavantem departure lounge - Brussels
Carnage and death in Brussels this morning as two blasts tore through the departures area of Zaventem airport. An hour later, an explosion hit Maalbeek metro station, close to the EU institutions. The airport and whole metro system have been closed and the terror alert in Brussels raised to its highest level.

The attacks come four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the Paris attacks, was captured in Brussels.

It is said that shots were fired and Arabic shouted before the bomb blasts, according to Belgian news agency Belga, as the third explosion hit the city metro station during the morning rush hour.

©BBC|Maalbeek station bomb blasts Brussels

According to Zach Mouzoun, a traveller who arrived on a flight from Geneva about 10 minutes before the first blast, told France’s BFMTV: “It was atrocious. The ceilings collapsed. There was blood everywhere, injured people, bags everywhere.

“We were walking in the debris. It was a war scene.”

©BBC|Brussels war scene

Our thoughts are with this quiet, peace-loving city this morning as they try to make sense of this tragedy.

Terrorism harms, hurts and touches us all. But the evil doers will not win.

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