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Two explosions ripped through the departures hall of Brussels airport this morning. According to first reports the blasts occured in the departures hall near the American Airlines checkin counter. There are reports of massive damage with at least 35 people wounded and 21 dead. An additional blast has been reported at the Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels, near the European Union buildings. At least one suicide bomber was reported to be involved in the airport attack.
: Continuing coverage of the aftermath here.
Do you all remember how beautiful and safe a place Brussels was. Not anymore, it is from a different world! U.S. must be vigilant and smart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2016
: 'Threat' reported near VUB university campus in Etterbeek (Brussels suburb). Soldiers urging everyone to stay or get inside.
: Maalbeek metro attack casualty figures: 11 dead, 55 wounded.
: Belgian social media users using #ikwilhelpen ("I want to help") hashtag to coordinate ride sharing, offers of shelter for people stranded by Brussels terror attacks.
: Bomb scare about suspicious package at gate of Saleh Abdeslam's prison, all clear given.
: Latest Brussels airport casualty figures: 11 dead, 81 wounded
: Kurdish news channel Rudaw says ISIS claimed responsability for the attacks.
: Two men with 'suspicious bag' arrested near Brussels North train station:
: Twitter report: two people arrested near south station in Brussels:
Ze hebben hier net twee mensen gearresteerd. Bij ons gebouw. Overkant zuidstation #brussel— Timo (@TimoBrackx) March 22, 2016
Sint Pieters hospital in #Brussels is asking for blood donations!— Annabell (@Annabellvdb) March 22, 2016
: Brussels public transit official: 15 dead in attack on Maalbeek metro
: Taxi's in Brussels reportedly offering free rides because public transit is shut down.
: Confirmation: blast was controlled detonation by explosives disposal unit.
: New blast heard near Wetstraat street in Brussels. Could be controlled detonation of suspect package.
: New blast heard:
We horen nu in nieuwe ontploffing. Vlakbij— Lut De Bisschop (@lutdebisschop) March 22, 2016
: Facebook has activated 'Safety Check' feature in Brussels region. Let your friends know you are OK.
: Border between France and Belgium reportedly being closed.
: Reports on Twitter of a suspect package on a train in Reims, France. Station evacuated.
: Fire brigade now reporting 21 dead.
: Telco company Telenet is opening access to all its wifi hotspots in Brussels.
: Antwerp central station also on lockdown, according to Belgian state media. All stations in Brussels closed too.
: Main Belgian phone company asks people to text instead of calling:
Door de situatie in Brussel wordt ons netwerk druk gebruikt. SMS ipv te bellen. Onze gedachten gaan uit naar de slachtoffers #prayforbelgium— Proximus (@proximus) March 22, 2016
: Authorities ask people not to use mobile phones for calling friends and relatives, use social media instead.
Politie gaat deel van de Wetstraat afschermen met rasters. pic.twitter.com/a5Vv5C66Z6— Maarten Goethals (@maartengoethals) March 22, 2016
: All of Brussels is on lockdown, main Wetstraat street evacuated.
: Public transport + main tunnels on inner ring road shut down in Brussels.
: Brussels public transport company confirms *one* attack on Maalbeel metro station:
MIVB bevestigt tot nu toe 1 aanslag: Maalbeek. Gewestelijk rampenplan is afgekondigd— Nina Verhaeghe (@NinaVerhaeghe) March 22, 2016
: Report on Twitter: police appear to chase man on Wetstraat street.
Politie loopt schijnbaar achter man in de wetstraat. Mensen schreeuwen, mensen staan met de tranen in ogen, mensen zoeken info op Twitter.— Maarten Goethals (@maartengoethals) March 22, 2016
: Belgian state TV: suspicious suitcases at 'Arts-Loi' metro station
Belgian broadcaster RTBF cites hospital source saying up to 10 dead, 30 wounded after Brussels explosions— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 22, 2016
: Wetstraat in Brussels where Maalbeek station is located is main avenue linking important political buildings: EU parliament, party headquarters, Belgian parliament building, residence of Prime Minister...
: Confirmation from Belgian state media: at least one suicide attacker at Brussels airport
: Fire department reports: explosions in four(!) metro stations:
Brandweer zegt dat er explosies geweest zijn in vier verschillende metrostations, meldt NBC. #Zaventem— Dominique Soenens (@Dsoenens) March 22, 2016
: Wounded of Maalbeel metro attack are being taken in at political party CD&V headquarters building nearby.
: Main departure hall in Brussels airport is public, crowded part of the building. People line up to use checkin counters. Crowds haven't been through security check yet there.
We felt a blast of air and my ears popped shortly after leaving Schuman station. The Metro stopped immediately.— Evan Lamos (@evanlamos) March 22, 2016
Just arrived at Schuman station after walking on the tracks. pic.twitter.com/4xc0YCQmIv— Evan Lamos (@evanlamos) March 22, 2016
BREAKING Brussels metro system has been closed— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) March 22, 2016
: Maalbeek and Schuman metro stations are main stations servicing European Union offices and buildings.
: Reports on Belgian state TV: Schuman metro station, smoke reported
: Maalbeek metro station and CD&V party headquarters (christian democrat party) being evacuated.
: Explosion reported in Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels...
Explosión metro maalbeek pic.twitter.com/9KIEhLMOin— Serge Massart (@massart_serge) March 22, 2016
: Pic of metro being evacuated (unconfirmed):
: Report: "vibrations" under office building in Wetstraat (central Brussels), bloodied people evacuated from metro...
: Crisis centre opened:
: Bombs exploded at American Airlines and SN Brussels Airlines counters at Brussels airport, third bomb found that didn't explode.
: State media TV crews being asked to leave the security perimeter.
: Terror threat level elevated to '4' (highest level) in Belgium
: Heavily armed soldiers reported on location by reporter on Belgian state TV.
: Fire brigade reports more explosives were found.
: Witness reports about shooting and Arabic shouting come from Belga, Belgian press agency.
: Unconfirmed reports: first shots rang out, then something was yelled in Arabic before explosions.
BREAKING: In de vertrekhal werd eerst geschoten, dan iets in het Arabisch geroepen. Pas daarna waren er twee explosies (getuigen) #Belga— Hans Vandendriessche (@HansVDD) March 22, 2016
Don't come to the airport - airport is being evacuated. Avoid the airport area. Flights have been cancelled.— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) March 22, 2016
: Scenes of devastation inside the departures hall:
: People running for their lives:
: Cellphone networks around the airport are completely overloaded
: Witness films evacuation: