Several people were killed and several others injured in two explosions that hit the Brussels International airport Tuesday morning. The airport was closed “until further notice” and the anti-terrorist alert was raised to the maximum level.
The airport operator Brussels International, located in the municipality of Zaventem north of Brussels, confirmed to Belga news agency that two explosions took place “about 08:00” in the departure hall. According to a witness quoted by the French public radio RTBF, the explosions took place near a gate to the United States, reaping a lot of people. He reported “many people with blood on them.”
The first explosion was heard in the departure hall and then a second explosion, according to Belgian media who added that many people were leaving the current airport , abandoning their luggage in the airport where billowing smoke, according to images broadcast by the Belgian media.
“There was a first small explosion then a larger, at recording” , told Teresa Kuchler, a journalist from the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, on the newspaper’s website. “The whole building shook, there was smoke everywhere and people were left on the ground in the terminal. They had not injured the air, but have probably thrown to the ground. He fell in roof debris. “
collapsed Ceiling the images broadcast by witnesses on Twitter showed the front of the devastated airport and roof areas of the hall collapsed departures. Blood of wounded images also appear, while passers videos showed the crowd movements fleeing the main hall.
Shots have been first heard in the hall departures from Brussels Airport, before someone shouts something thing in Arabic and that two explosions resound indicate several witnesses on the spot. the airport was closed and evacuated, according to the air traffic control agency Belgo control, a last plane had taken off around 8:13. Brussels airport is closed “until further notice”, said Tuesday on its website Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. All flights to Zaventem were diverted.
A “disaster plan” was triggered by the local authorities. The threat level was raised to 4 for the whole country, announced Tuesday a spokesman for the Interior Minister Jan Jambon. The emergency services are on site. Many ambulances visited the scene.