Terrorist Attacks Kill Dozens at Brussels Airport, Metro Station, Europe Now ‘At War’
A series of terrorist attacks in Brussels early Tuesday have led authorities throughout Europe and the United States to tighten security at airports, train stations, city streets, and border crossings.
At least 34 people were killed early Tuesday morning in Brussels when two explosions occurred at Brussels Airport and one at the Maelbeck Metro station.
“We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” said Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium at a news conference, calling the attacks “blind, violent, cowardly.” The city is now in lockdown, he said.
“We are at war,” said French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
The first two explosions occurred at around 8 a.m., one of the busiest times of the day, in the departures hall of Brussels Airport, and Belgian radio reported that the Brussels public prosecutor said at least one of the explosions was the work of a suicide bomber. The Belgian media said that the attacks killed 14 and injured at least 35 people.
The attacks came not even six months after terrorists killed 130 people in Paris, which lies 175 miles (282 kilometers) from Brussels.
All flights into and out of airports in the country have been cancelled for the remainder of the day.
In London, the Metro Police Department said in a statement that it has deployed additional police officers at key locations on “highly visible patrols” as part of “resassurance measures.”
London’s two airports increased security as well. Heathrow Airport said it was deploying a “high-visibility” police presence, while authorities at Gatwick said that “as a result of the terrible incidents in Brussels we have increased our security presence and patrols around the airport.”
Approximately one hour after the airport attacks, a separate explosion occurred at Maelbeck metro station, a station close to buildings of the European Parliament, European Union, European Commission and Belgian Government. A spokesperson for the Brussels transit system said that there were 20 fatalities and 55 people injured in the explosion.
The entire Brussels transport system has been shut down, and international train travel into Belgium has also been suspended.
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