Death Toll in Brussels Terror Attacks Rises to 26

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At least 23 people have reportedly been killed and dozens severely injured after two explosions ripped through Zaventem Airport in Brussels in an apparent suicide attack.

Shots were fired and Arabic shouted before the bomb blasts, according to Belgian news agency Belga, as a third explosion hit Maalbeek metro station in the city during the morning rush hour.

The country’s public broadcaster VRT said there were up to 13 people dead and a further 35 wounded at the airport – and at least 10 commuters killed in the underground blast..

Zach Mouzoun, who arrived on a flight from Geneva about 10 minutes before the first blast, told France’s BFMTV: “It was atrocious. The ceilings collapsed. There was blood everywhere, injured people, bags everywhere.

“We were walking in the debris. It was a war scene.”

Video and images on social media showed smoke rising from an airport building and shattered windows.

Confused and shocked passengers fled the terminal to safety as they were evacuated by armed police.

Footage also showed ceiling tiles littered across the floor and strewn black luggage belts, cases and bags at a check-in desk.

According to reports the suspected terror attack centred on an American Airlines desk in a departure hall at around 8am.

Airport spokeswoman Anke Fransen said: “There were two blasts in the departure hall.”

The attacks follow the dramatic arrest of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in the Belgian capital on Friday – four months after November’s terror in the French capital that left 130 people dead.

Sky’s Alex Rossi had just checked-in at the aiport when he heard “two very, very loud explosions”.

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SOURCE: Sky News