34 dead in Brussels after explosions at airport, metro station

Belgian public broadcaster VRT raised the death toll from Tuesday’s twin attacks in Brussels to 34, with 20 people killed in the blast on a metro train and 14 in explosions at the airport.

Atleast 55 injured in a blast on the Brussels metro in Maelbeek, public transport operator STIB said.

People leave the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium.

Indians in Belgium can contact Mission’s Emergency numbers: +32-26409140; +32-26451850 (PABX) & +32-476748575 (mobile): MEA tweets

Jet Airways helpline numbers: India 1800225522; United States 1-877-8359538; United Kingdom 08081011199

The blasts at the airport and metro station occurred four days after the arrest in Brussels of a suspected participant in the November militant attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Belgium’s Interior Minister, Jan Jambon, said on Monday the country was on high alert for a possible revenge attack following the capture of 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam.

Live updates:

7:02 pm: “There are some 20 people dead and 106 people injured (in metro blast). 17 people are severely injured,” said Yvan Mayeur, Brussels Mayor.

6:55 pm: “In solidarity with the people of Brussels, Paris will light up the Eiffel Tower this evening in the colours of the Belgian flag,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted. Read more

6:25 pm: “One British national injured in Brussels explosions, no confirmation of any other casualties,” U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesperson said.

5:45 pm: Jet Airways staff are arranging immigration formalities for transit passengers to get them out of the airport in Brussels.

5:40 pm: Transit guests who were in the terminal building have been shifted to hangers in coaches: Jet Airways.

5:35 pm: Belgium’s royal palace in central Brussels was not evacuated following the bomb blast at Maelbeek metro station, the palace said in an official twitter message.

5:15 pm: “Terrorists struck Brussels but it was Europe that was targeted,” French president said.

5:10 pm: Public broadcaster VRT said 81 people had been wounded at the airport, many in the legs, suggesting a bomb in a bag on the floor. Full report

4:48 pm: German Interior Minister said, the mutiple attacks signal that this was an attack not just on Belgium but on Europe’s freedom of movement.

4:42 pm: I have seen reports about two but we have confirmation only of one: Vikas Swarup on Jet Airways crew injured. ANI

4:33 pm: No information now whether attacks related to Paris suspect arrested last week: Belgian Prime Minister

4:30 pm: Brussels police spokesman, Christian De Coninck says, there were deaths at the Maelbeek metro station near European Union headquarters.

(Passengers walk on underground metro tracks to be evacuated aftter the explosion at Maelbeek train station. Photo: Special arrangement)

4:20 pm: Belgian PM says military reinforcements deployed. Attackers blind and coward.

4:15 pm: Britain’s crisis response committee to meet after Brussels blasts, says Cameron

4:10 pm: “Thankfully they are in the safest part of the airport,” Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya on his family stranded at Brussels Airport. ANI

3:52 pm: Two Jet Airways staff injured in the blast: Jet Airways. Read more

3:50 pm: “Jet Airways guests in Brussels re-located to a safe location by Brussels Airport authorities. Passengers & staff have been cordoned off and are not allowed to access the airport terminals,” says Jet Airways. ANI

3.38 pm: “News from Brussels is disturbing. The attacks are condemnable. Condolences to families of the deceased. May those injured recover quickly,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. Read more

3.35 pm: Belgium’s federal prosecutor confirms Brussels blast was a suicide attack.