Serial Explosions Jolt Brussels, 26 Killed


Brussels: Two explosions were heard at Brussels airport early on Tuesday morning and Belgian media said several people were injured. Another blast occurred at Brussels metro station. High alert sounded in Brussels. 26 people were dead in this serial blasts.

Belgian broadcaster RTBF said the airport had closed followed the explosions. It quoted a witness as saying there were people unconscious in the departure area, opposite a luxury hotel. Another Belgian media report said 11 people had died, but there was no official confirmation.

The cause of the explosions was not immediately clear. Sky news in London said the blasts had occurred in the departures lounge and cited reports it had occurred near the American Airlines desk.

The blasts come four days after the capture in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the Paris attacks in November.

Belgian media say the airport is being evacuated. It has been closed to flights. Rail transport to the facility has been halted.