Several news sites are reporting that at least 31 people in Brussels have been pronounced dead with 150 injured in the wake of the bombs that exploded at the Brussels airport in Belgium. Belgian media has also confirmed that there was a third bomb that struck a metro station. The Belgian authorities have issued a level 4 threat, labeling these explosions as “serious and imminent attack”. Authorities are saying one source of the bomb came from a suicide bomber that detonated at approximately 8am, BBC reports that the explosions hit near the departure gates at the airport, the explosions collapsed ceiling panels and shattered glass windows. The third bomb blast struck at a metro train near the Maelbeek station, this blasts sent panic and chaos to surrounding locations, specifically the European Union HQ.
While in Cuba, President Obama offered support to those affected in Belgium saying “This is yet another reminder that the world must unite…in fighting against the scourge of terrorism”. The Islamic State, better known as ISIS has claimed responsibility for the explosion, these attacks also comes days after Salah Abdeslam, a major suspect in the Paris attacks in November of 2015, was captured in Brussels. Zach Mouzoun a traveler who was arriving from Geneva told French reporters, “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.”
Images of the suspected assailants have already made its way around social media, authorities are asking for help in identifying a potential suspect. The guardian reports that the man seen in white is linked to the bombings which lead to at least 14 people dead.
(Images via CNN/BBC/Guardian)