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Shots fired, Arabic slogans shouted, before two explosions at Brussels Zaventem Airport according to Belgian News Agency Belga.
Police have officially confirmed a terrorist attack.
Local TERROR LEVEL is at 4 (Orange)
Additional explosion at METRO station in the City of Brussels.
|Brussels Airport two explosions, glass wall blown out...|
Tuesday March 22: Live television pictures are coming in from Brussels Airport where 'two loud explosions' described as 'loud crumps' have been heard, authorities and agencies are now reporting many injured and multiple fatalities. 11 died at airport and 10 died at the METRO blast and expected to rise. A suspended ceiling in the departure hall also collapsed, and injured many in the process according to firefighters.
An additional explosion reported at Molenbeek Metro station (near to the EU building. and all other METRO stations now closed.
Brussels is now in lockdown.
UNCONFIRMED report that that at least one Airport explosion was a suicide attack, triggered by a remote cellular phone. Intelligence sources suggests the trigger device, a cellular phone, is actioned not by the suicide bomber him/herself but by an accomplice - just in case the bomber has 'second thoughts' and fails to operate the detonation switch.
As a consequence, reports coming in that cellular phone networks in certain areas are being systematically closed down, in case phones are being used to trigger further devices.
Later Belgian News Agency BELGA reports say 'shots were fired and slogans in Arabic shouted'.
The airport explosions thought to be two bombs, left near the American Airlines check in area near Gate B. An evacuation is in progress with Sky reporter Alex Rossi who was transiting through the departure hall and transmitting a live feed to his newsroom of the evacuation.
The bombs are said to have gone off at around 8am CET (7am UK). Clouds of dust and smoke are hanging over the entrance to the departure building and the entire glass frontage to the building has been blown out with glass shards flying everywhere.
Major European airport hubs have also invoked major emergency plans, led by London Heathrow. A COBRA meeting is to be chaired in London by Prime Minister David Cameron later today.
Roadblocks and checkpoints are being set up by the police and Belgian army all over the City.
Officials are now telling everyone to move towards the nearest exit. Clearly Brussels Airport is now closed as incoming flights are diverted and the airport now closed and being cordoned off as a crime scene. Rail traffic to the airport has been halted, and roads closed.
HOME OFFICE ADVICE:
There have been explosions at Zaventum International Airport in Brussels on 22 March. If you are affected by the incident follow the instructions of Belgian security authorities. Please contact your airline for information about flight arrivals and departures to and from Brussels.
There have been reports of a second explosion in central Brussels. You should stay away from crowded places and avoid public transport at this time.
British officials in Brussels are being given the same advice to avoid crowded places and the public transport network
The Belgian Crisis Centre has given the Belgian telephone number 0032 2753 7300 0032 2753 7300 for concerned family/friends or 1171 for general enquiries.
The Belgian government has placed the whole of Belgium at threat level 3 – a possible and real threat.
You should remain alert and vigilant, especially in places where there’s a high concentration of people. Follow the advice of local authorities and respect security controls. You can find more information on the Belgian Crisis Centre website and Twitter feed.
Sources: CNS, JB, Sky, AP,
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