The maximum terrorist threat: what is known about the bombing in Brussels


Two explosions at Brussels airport happened at 8 a.m. local time (10:00 Moscow time). The explosions, according to preliminary information, occurred at check-in counters of airlines Brussel Airlines and American Airlines. The explosion collapsed the ceiling. All the people in the airport were evacuated, the airport will be closed until 6 a.m. March 23.

The official Twitter account of the Brussels airport published a message in which people were urged not to go to the airport, located about 11 km from the Belgian capital.

Accurate data on the dead and wounded yet, but according to media reports, killed more than ten people, several dozen were seriously injured. According to the Agency AFP, which refers to the representatives of the fire service, the explosion at the airport killed 21 people. The exact number of victims is not known, earlier the TV channel VRT reported on 35 seriously wounded.

The cause of the explosion at the airport, according to Belgian TV channel RTBF with reference to the Royal Prosecutor of Belgium, was the attack of the suicide bomber.

As reports Reuters with reference to the data obtained from witnesses of an event Agency Belga, before the airport has seen the explosions, heard the gunfire and screams in Arabic.

Immediately after the explosion at the airport, interior Minister of Belgium Jan Jambon imposed a maximum fourth level of terrorist risk. But after 2 hours there was a new explosion — this time at the metro station Malbec. After the explosions the underground has been closed. According to VTM, the explosion in the subway station killed 10 people. Near the station Malbec is the headquarters of the European Union.

According to BFM TV, the Belgian intelligence agencies were aware in advance that the city prepared for the attack, however, about the exact time and place of the attack was not known.