Terrorists struck in Brussels on Tuesday, with explosions at the airport and the subway. Dozens have been reportedly kills and hundreds have been injured in the European city.
Three explosions that ripped through the Belgian capital of Brussels on Tuesday killed at least 26 people and wounded 130 more, according to Belgian media, and raised the reality of terror once again in the heart of Europe.
“We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told reporters.
Belgian federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said it was too soon to know exactly how many people died in the bombings. Yet the Brussels Metro Authority reported that 15 died and 55 were wounded in the subway station blast. And Belgian media reported at least 11 more people were killed in the two blasts in the Brussels Airport departure hall.
Reportedly, one of the explosions at the airport was caused by a suicide bomber.
The explosion in the subway was near where the European Union is based.
Officials were aware that the city was in the crosshairs of an attack.
Reports the New York Times:
Officially, the Belgian prime minister said there was no information about whether the attacks were related to the arrest last week of the main surviving suspect in the assaults in and around Paris last year that killed 130 people.
But the timing is clear. “We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” the prime minister said.
The suspect, Salah Abdeslam, is believed to be the sole survivor of the 10 men who were directly involved in the Paris attacks on Nov. 13.
Flights to the Belgium airport (which is closed) have been diverted. Security has been upped in cities throughout the world, including Paris and New York City.
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Photo: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert