17 people have been killed with dozens more seriously injured after two bombs exploded in a busy Brussels airport on Tuesday morning.
Police say that Zaventem’s great hall was the target for the blast, but cannot confirm the numbers of victims at the moment.
Authorities have evacuated the airport and confirmed that the perpetrators of the attack “shouted something in Arabic” before the two explosions.
Belgium have now raised its terror threat to its highest level.
Belgian broadcaster has reported that there were people injured or unconscious in the departure area, opposite the Sheraton hotel.
Reports also suggest that first there was a shot fired in the departure hall, then something was called out in Arabic, and only afterward, two explosions rocked the facility.
Reports are coming in that one of the explosions took place near the American Airlines check-in desk. A government source confirmed to VRT broadcaster that it was an attack, while Anke Fransen, spokeswoman for Brussels Airport, said there were multiple injuries. “We can confirm that there have been two explosions in the departure hall. We called the emergency services on the ground – they [are] now provid[ing] first aid to the injured.”
Niels Caignau, flight watcher at Swissport, told Radio 1 that he heard an explosion at around 8:00 a.m. local time.
“The windows outside the departure hall are completely shattered. Many people have run out with tears in [their] eyes. We were advised to stay indoors.”
Other explosive devices have been discovered at the airport, RTBF correspondent Laurent Henrard cited firefighters as saying.
Rail traffic to the airport has been suspended, Reuters reports.
Belgian media say there are several injured people in the Brussels Airport departure hall and rail traffic to the airport has been suspended.
No planes are landing at Brussels Airport which is in lockdown, and planes are being diverted to Antwerp. Planes are circling over the city of Liege.
Sky News Middle East correspondent Alex Rossi, who was at the airport en route to Tel Aviv, has tweeted that he could “feel the buildings move.”