Belgium Terror Attacks Aftermath: Live Updates

  • by: Maarten Schenk

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.


This morning explosions ripped through the departures hall at Brussels airport and a car on the Brussels subway, killing at least 34 people and wounding 230. Authorities say 14 died in the subway attack and 20 at the airport.

Read our earlier coverage here. Brussels went on lockdown: public transit was shut down and people were urged to stay inside. Keep an eye on this post to stay up to date on the aftermath.


  • 2016-03-22T18:25:09Z 2016-03-22T18:25:09Z
    Two of the three alleged Brussels airport bombers are believed to have died in the blasts, but a third suspect is believed to be alive and on the run.
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    Hillary Clinton says it is wrong and dangerous to suggest the United States is at war with an entire religion.
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  • 2016-03-22T16:37:22Z 2016-03-22T16:37:22Z
    Facebook activitated its "Safety Check" system in the wake of Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2016-03-22T15:33:37Z 2016-03-22T15:33:37Z
    Latest official toll: At least 30 people dead and 230 wounded. Authorities say 10 died in the subway attack and 20 at the airport.
  • 2016-03-22T15:22:26Z 2016-03-22T15:22:26Z
    A manhunt is underway in Brussels for people suspected to be connected to Tuesday's bombings, CNN reports. ISIS claims responsibility, CNN also reports.
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  • 2016-03-22T14:58:10Z 2016-03-22T14:58:10Z
    Donald Trump tells Fox News what he would do in reaction to the Brussels terror attacks. “I would close up our borders to people until we figure out what’s going on,” he said. “We have to be very, very vigilant with who we let into this country,” Trump continued. “We are taking in people without real documentation… We don’t know who they are or where they’re from. We don’t learn. I will tell you I’ve been talking about this for a long time. This whole thing will get worse as time goes by.”
  • 2016-03-22T14:45:38Z 2016-03-22T14:45:38Z
    Nuclear power plant in Tihange (eastern Belgium) has been evacuated, except for essential personnel. Unclear why.
  • 2016-03-22T14:40:27Z 2016-03-22T14:40:27Z
    Update: Antwerp cinema complex being evacuated...
  • 2016-03-22T14:33:08Z 2016-03-22T14:33:08Z
    BREAKING: Airport attack suspects:
  • 2016-03-22T14:31:07Z 2016-03-22T14:31:07Z
    Brussels airport could remain closed for almost a week...
  • 2016-03-22T14:29:05Z 2016-03-22T14:29:05Z
    Belgian media reports: same TATP explosives used as in Paris terror attacks.
  • 2016-03-22T14:25:09Z 2016-03-22T14:25:09Z
    CCTV video purporting to be of the blast and aftermath.
  • 2016-03-22T14:19:50Z 2016-03-22T14:19:50Z
    President Obama expresses solidarity with Belgian people. Says U.S. will help Belgium bring perpetrators to justice.
  • 2016-03-22T14:18:11Z 2016-03-22T14:18:11Z
    Tunnels on inner ring road are being reopened in Brussels:
  • 2016-03-22T14:16:09Z 2016-03-22T14:16:09Z
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    On the other hand:
  • 2016-03-22T14:11:25Z 2016-03-22T14:11:25Z
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    Reports: airport bombs filled with nails to inflict maximum carnage.
  • 2016-03-22T14:00:16Z 2016-03-22T14:00:16Z
    European Commission building (near Maelbeek metro station) to be finally evacuated. Had been on lockdown.
  • 2016-03-22T13:59:06Z 2016-03-22T13:59:06Z
  • 2016-03-22T13:43:26Z 2016-03-22T13:43:26Z
    Unconfirmed reports: anti-terror units searching houses in Brussels area
  • 2016-03-22T13:36:39Z 2016-03-22T13:36:39Z
    Authorities ask not to use the cellphone network, stick to wifi. Major internet providers have opened up all their hotspots to the public.
  • 2016-03-22T13:29:09Z 2016-03-22T13:29:09Z
    Latest casualty figures: - Maalbeek: 20 deaths, 106 wounded - Zaventem: 14 deaths, 81 wounded
  • 2016-03-22T13:28:33Z 2016-03-22T13:28:33Z
    City of Charleroi in Belgium also shuts down subway system.
  • 2016-03-22T13:26:07Z 2016-03-22T13:26:07Z
    People with O- and A- blood type are asked to donate blood in Brussels hospitals:
  • 2016-03-22T13:21:23Z 2016-03-22T13:21:23Z
    Trending tweet: "How can you still teach if muslim children in the classroom are applauding?"
  • 2016-03-22T13:19:13Z 2016-03-22T13:19:13Z
    Blames hatred for the attack on our values, freedom, democracy. Total determination to defend our way of living. Calls on solidarity of all Belgians with their capital city: Flemish, Walloons and inhabitants of Brussels with all their diversity. Cosmopolitan and open city.
  • 2016-03-22T13:17:04Z 2016-03-22T13:17:04Z
    Condolences to families and friends of victims. Provisional numbers for Maelbeek attack: about 20 deaths, not sure about total yet, victims still need to be identified. Long and difficult job. There are 17 people seriously injured, many more lighter injuries but shocked as well.
  • 2016-03-22T13:15:30Z 2016-03-22T13:15:30Z
    Brussels mayor: Dead and wounded to regret/mourn. No exact figures yet. Amazing job by security and rescue services. Spoke with victims.
  • 2016-03-22T13:14:59Z 2016-03-22T13:14:59Z
    Brussels mayor holding press conference now.
  • 2016-03-22T13:11:49Z 2016-03-22T13:11:49Z
    Controlled explosions were heard near the VUB university and the airport: explosives disposal teams working on clearing away suspect packages.
  • 2016-03-22T13:06:18Z 2016-03-22T13:06:18Z
    Reports in the Belgian media that the Tihange nuclear power plant is being evacuated.

  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

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