Suspected terror attack in Brussels claims 31


Police in the Belgian capital of Brussels have reportedly confirmed the deaths of 21 people after an alleged suicide bomber blew himself up in the departure lounge of the Zaventem Airport on Tuesday morning.

According to Sky News, the alleged attacker was standing at a departure desk of American Airlines, when two explosions and a number of shots rang through the terminal. At least 35 people are reported as having suffered injuries. All flights to and from the airport has since been halted.

Minutes later, a third bomb exploded at a metro station in the suburb of Maalbeek near the European Union Buildings, resulting in the deaths of 10 more people. Public transport operator STIB has meanwhile halted its bus, train and tram services across the capital, admits fears of it being used for further attacks.

The latest series of attacks comes four days after the alleged mastermind behind last year’s bombings in Paris, Salah Abdeslam, was arrested in the suburb of Molenbeek following a short stand-off.

He has continued to remain behind bars despite his lawyers confirming they would appeal his extradition to France for the attacks outside the State de France, a number of restaurants and the Bataclan Theatre, which claimed the lives of 130 people and injured over 350.


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