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Brussels bombing: Casualties rise to 34

Brussels bombing: Casualties rise to 34

Officials in Brussels have reportedly confirmed that the death toll from a bomb blast at a Metro station in the suburb of Maelbeek on Tuesday, had gone up to 20 with another 55 people injured and 10 said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

A total of 34 people are believed to been killed when an alleged suicide bomber blew himself up at an American Airlines departure desk at Zaventem Airport during rush hour, before a third bomb exploded at the Metro station minutes later. An estimated 92 people are said to have been injured in the airport blast.

The city has since gone into lockdown with public transport provider, STIB, announcing that all of its bus, train and tram services being suspended, while the Belgium government has confirmed that its terror warning alert had been raised to its highest level.

In the latest developments, Sky News, citing Belgian broadcaster VTM, reports that an unexploded suicide belt had been found inside airport, as well as a Kalashnikov assault rifle next to the body of one of the attackers.

Although unconfirmed, it is widely speculated that the bombings might been attributed to the dramatic arrest of Paris bombing ringleader, Salah Abdeslam, who was apprehend by police in the suburb of Molenbeek on Friday afternoon.


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