Several explosions have rocked Brussels, the capital of the European Union this morning, at the airport and the public transportation system.
Two explosions were heard at this morning at the airport in Zaventem, which is the main airport of the European capital, Belgium. 13 have been confirmed dead and 35 wounded at the airport to New Europe by Belgian police sources. VRT, the Belgian national broadcaster is referring to a suicide attack at the airport.
Another explosion was confirmed at Maelbeek metro station which is close to the European Commission headquarters and the European Parliament. One bomb was reportedly found undetonated, and Belgian bomb technicians are on site.
Gare Central has also been evacuated. The public transport system has now been closed and the Belgian crisis center recommends for all citizens to stay where they are.
There will be a National security council this morning. The whole of Belgium has moved to Alert level 4, the highest possible alert level.
Shots were fired, and Arabic shouted, before the two explosions took place BELGA news agency reported.
Airport spokeswoman Anke Fransen said: "There were two blasts in the departure hall” … "[A] First aid team are in place for help.”
AP reports that passengers were led onto the tarmac and the crisis center urged people not to come to the airport.
Belgian police have confirmed there are "several dead”. Social Media reports that more bombs were discovered at the airport.
Belgian media and REUTERS report that there are several injured people in the Airport’s departure hall. Moreover, local media say that one of the explosions took place near the American Airlines check-in desk.
No planes are currently landing at Brussels Zaventem airport, which is in lockdown. Airport officials confirmed to New Europe that the airport is closed. Planes are being diverted to Antwerp.
Sirens of ambulances heading in the direction of the airport could be heard in the European quarter of Brussels.
Severe controls are already in place at the Charleroi airport, with the army filtering travelers.
As a result of the events, additional patrols are being deployed at Schiphol airport, Rotterdam and Eindhoven. Checks are also carried out at the borders with Belgium, while the Netherlands is also raising its terror alert.
Last time a terror attack took place at the Brussels airport was in 1979, when Palestinian terrorists threw grenades.
It remains unknown if the explosion is linked with the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the fatal Paris attacks in November which caused the death of 130 people.
(Courtesy :neurope.eu )