……and true to form here we go again.
Two bombs have gone off in Brussels Zeventem airport just over an hour ago. Casualties and injuries on the rise. Airport in lock-down.
Unconfirmed reports from firemen attending the scene state that other suspicious packages have been found.
Kindest regards to you and yours.
TAP – I wonder how long it will take for the usual coincidences to be reported. Was there an exercise in progress? Are the TV interviews staged? Are some of the victims, victims’ relatives or escapers ‘crisis actors’? Let’s see.
Report from The Telegraph.
Brussels explosions: Up to 13 dead in Zaventem airport ‘suicide attack’ amid third blast on Metro train – live
Latest updates amid wave of blasts in Belgian capital feared to be part of terrorist attack following arrest of Paris atrocity suspect Salah Abdeslam
• Two explosions rip through Brussels airport during rush-hour
• Reports of 13 deaths and 35 others injured in departure hall
• Blasts at Zaventem airport reportedly part of ‘suicide attack’
• Third explosion on Metro train; details of casualties unclear
• Suspected terror attack as Belgian capital on high alert
• It comes after arrest of Paris atrocity suspect Salah Abdeslam
• Images show shattered windows and smoke rising from airport
• Video footage shows people fleeing building in terror
• Everything we know so far about Brussels attacks
Recap: Everything we know so far
At least 13 people are feared dead and many more have been injured after terrorist bomb attacks on the main airport and Metro system in Brussels this morning.
The coordinated attacks came as the Belgian capital was on a high level of alert following the arrest of Paris atrocity suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week.
There were unconfirmed reports of shots being fired and shouting in Arabic at the airport in what Belgian media said was a suicide attack.
At least one explosion hit the Metro system near a station close to European Union buildings.
Here, our Europe Editor Peter Foster brings us everything we know so far. Stay with us for the latest updates.
Latest pictures from Belgium’s Zaventem airport
Photo: Stephanie Vanhemelryck/PA
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Security has been increased at London Gatwick following the explosions in Brussels, an airport spokesman has confirmed.
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David Cameron has said he will chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee in response to the explosions in Brussels.
Death toll rises to 13
Belgian media is reported that at least 13 people are dead and 35 injured in the Brussels airport blasts.
Location of Brussels Metro blast
The Metro blast is believed to have happened on a train between two stations – located here in this map:
‘Explosion appeared to come from front of train’
A witness at Maelbeek station told Belgian broadcaster RTBF: “We left Maelbeek station towards the centre at around 9.07, 9.10, when we felt an explosion which appeared to come from the front of the train.
“The lights went off, there was panic given what happened at Brussels airport.
“The doors of the train were forced open to get off the train. There was a lot of smoke. We left via Maelbeek station. The glass doors were blown out. The explosion must have been violent.”
Images show injured passengers outside Metro
On the Metro, traveller Evan Lamos tweeted a picture of passengers climbing from his train into the tunnel, saying: “We are being evacuated from the back of the Metro, between Schuman and Maelbeek. Smoke in the tunnel as we evacuate.”
Images on social media showed the injured being treated in the street.
Maelbeek station is around 500 metres from the buildings of the European Parliament.
As well as the airport, the whole Metro system was closed after the attacks.
Airport explosions were ‘suicide attack’
The explosions at Zaventem airport in Brussels were part of a “suicide attack”, according to the Belgian state broadcaster.
Latest death toll: Up to 10 reported dead and 30 more injured
Several people are feared dead and many injured after the suspected terrorist bomb attacks in Brussels.
The Belgian capital’s airport was this morning rocked by a double blast, with reports of up to 10 dead and around 30 more injured.
Another blast was reported by local media at a Metro station at Maelbeek in the city, close to European Union buildings. Unconfirmed reports suggested another blast at Schuman station.
The suspected terror attack came as Brussels was on the highest level of alert following the arrest of Paris atrocity suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week.
David Cameron: We will do everything we can to help
Unconfirmed reports of blasts at two metro stations
Local reporters are now reporting blasts at two Metro stations in Brussels, at Schuman and Maelbeek.
Belgian terror level raised to maximum
The Belgian terror level has been raised to its maximum level in the wake of the airport explosions, according to the interior minister.
Reports of third explosion at Brussels Metro station close
According to unconfirmed local reports, a bomb has gone off at Maalbeek Metro station in Brussels close to European Union institutions.
‘It was chaos, it was the worst thing’
Jef Versele, 40, from Ghent, Belgium, was at the airport when he heard the two explosions.
“I was on my way to check in and two bombs went off – two explosions,” he said.
“I didn’t see anything. Everything was coming down. Glassware. It was chaos it was unbelievable. It was the worst thing.”
He added: “People were running away, there were lots of people on the ground. A lot of people are injured.”
‘Shots were fired in airport and Arabic shouted before blasts’
Shots were fired and there was shouting in Arabic voices before the first of the blasts, according to Belgian news agency Belga.
Videos and images on social media show smoke rising from the airport building’s shattered windows.
Images are beginning to emerge on social media of the wounded.
Video: Evacuating the injured
Footage shows rows of ambulances outside the airport, ferrying the injured to hospitals. Around 20 people have been injured, according to firefighters.
Witness: ‘I could feel the buildings move’
According to reports, the incident centred on an American Airlines desk in a departure hall.
Sky News Middle East correspondent Alex Rossi, who was at the airport en route for Tel Aviv, told the channel: “I could feel the buildings move.”
Describing how people were “dazed and shocked”, he said: “The word is definitely two explosions. The thinking here by everybody is that it is some kind of terrorist attack although that hasn’t been verified by anyone here at the airport.
“No word too of casualties. Don’t know how the explosion took place, the method if you like. But it certainly seems Brussels airport has been targeted in a terrorist attack.
“We are all being moved out of the airport now towards the emergency exit. There is a great deal of confusion here. Certainly there are a number of very upset, as you might imagine, very frightened people.”
He added: “There are fears that there might be other attackers.”
Mr Rossi, who had checked his luggage through the main baggage area and was at a departure gate, said he thought he was “fairly close” to the explosions but he could not be sure.
He told Sky News as he was being ushered out of the airport along with other passengers: “We felt the walls of the building rock. Dust came down from the ceiling.
“I think it was a very big explosion – hardly surprising the windows are blown out.
“I would expect if there were people around when those explosions happened – we heard two explosions – there will be a number of casualties.”
Tiles strewn across floor – suitcases abandoned
Footage from inside the building shows a scene of devastation, with ceiling tiles strewn across the floor and suitcases abandoned.
Airport spokeswoman Anke Fransen said: “There were two blasts in the departure hall. The first aid team are in place for help.”
Passengers were led onto the tarmac and travellers were urged to stay away from the airport.
Video: People flee from Brussels airport explosions
‘At least 11 dead’ – Belgian media reports
Unconfirmed reports in Belgian media say that there have been 11 deaths at Brussels Zaventem airport.
Photo: Jef Versele
‘Several injured’ – airport spokesman
Anke Fransen, a spokesman for Zaventem airport, says: “There were two blasts in the departure hall. First aid team are in place for help.”
Two ‘seriously wounded,’ explosion took place ‘in departures area’
Two people are seriously wounded after the explosion, which is feared to be a terrorist attack, and the blasts reportedly took place in the departure zone in the charter area and at counters 4 and 5, the Telegraph’s Henry Samuel reports.
The Belgian authorities say they have launched a “catastrophe” plan in response to the blast, according to Belgian media.
Windows shattered in blast
This image appears to show the destruction wrought by the two explosions at Brussels airport, authorities say is “too early” to comment on.
Passengers evacuated from airport
As the cause of the two explosions at Zaventem airport remains unclear, video images are beginning to emerge of passengers fleeing the airport. The Belgian authorities are yet to comment on what took place.
Airport closed following explosions
The airport has been closed and flights cancelled, whie rail routes to Zaventem airport have been diverted.
Panic at Brussels airport entrance as passengers flee from explosion
Video footage has emerged of passengers fleeing the airport
‘Injuries in departure lounge’
Injuries have been reported in the departures lounge of the airport, while authorities are yet to confirm whether the explosion was part of a terrorist attack.
Two explosions at Brussels airport
Two explosions have been heard at Brussels airport with video and stills pictures showing smoke rising from one of the terminal buildings