Attacks At Brussels Airport And Subway Station Left 34 Dead, Many Injured
This morning around 7:00 GMT, two bombs went off at the Zaventern airport in Brussels leaving 14 dead and 92 injured. Just an hour later another explosion hit the Maelbeek subway station which killed 20 people and left 106 injured.
While Brussels has been on high terrorist alert ever since the Paris attacks in November, the timing of these attacks is particularly alarming as it’s just four days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam who is believed to be the only surviving suspect of the Paris attacks.
All Brussels-based transportation is currently on lockdown. No buses or trains will be running for at least the rest of the day and all Tuesday flights are canceled, with scheduled reroutes for any expected arrivals.
Surrounding European countries have responded with solidarity and condolences as well as extending security measures. The French government has ordered 16,000 police offers to patrol the nation’s borders and transportation hubs.
The Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel said, “This is a day of tragedy, a black day. I would like to call on everyone to show calmness and solidarity.”
Condolences and solidarity and respect, indeed.