Brussels, Capital of the EU, Rocked by Explosions; Airport Evacuated, Subway Station Shut Down; 13 People Killed, Over 30 People Seriously Injured

Picture taken with permission from the Facebook site of Jef Versele showing the aftermath of this morning's explosions at Brussels airport
Picture taken with permission from the Facebook site of Jef Versele showing the aftermath of this morning’s explosions at Brussels airport

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A series of blasts throughout Brussels on Tuesday have killed multiple people.

Two explosions occurred at the city’s airport. Several people were killed, according to the country’s public broadcaster, RTBF. Initial reports say up to 10 people were killed and more than 30 people were injured.

Another blast at a subway station occurred in the suburb of Maalbeek, near the European quarter, where much of the European Union is based, according to CNN affiliate RTL. All metro stations in the city have been closed, according to the official Twitter account for the city’s transportation agency.

Federal police at the airport at Zaventem told CNN that “there has been an explosion” and “something has happened.”

Dozens of people have been taken on stretchers out of the airport, according to eyewitnesses.

The Brussels airport tweeted that there have been two blasts and said that “the building” is being evacuated. They also said all airport operations have been suspended and asked those nearby to remain calm.

Anthony Barrett said he heard something at about 8 a.m. local time from his hotel across from the terminal building.

“When I opened the curtains and looked out, I could see people fleeing,” he told CNN.

He said he’s seen about 19 or 20 stretchers carrying people so far. Luggage trollies were also being used to transport the wounded.

“It’s clearly a very serious incident,” he said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Joshua Berlinger and Nima Elbagir