Several news agencies are reporting that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have taken credit for the March 22, 2016 bombings which occurred in the Belgian capital of Brussels.
The bombings could be a response to the recent apprehension of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the November 13, 2015 Parris attacks that claimed 130 lives.
At 8am, Brussels time, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at Brussels Airport in Zaventem. The death toll is still climbing, with some news agencies and social media outlets reporting upwards of two dozen casualties, and over 80 injuries.
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Samir Derrouich, who works in the airport, said the two explosions went off by the check-in desk for Brussels Airlines about 30 yards (30 meters) from where he was standing.”
Airport workers have reported hearing shouting in Arabic prior to the detonations.
At 9am, local time, at least 15 were killed, and 55 injured by blasts at the Maelbeek metro station, which is located near several European Union buildings.
The operator of the Brussels metro lines, La Stib, has closed down all stations following the evacuations of its cars and stations.
Belgium has sealed the border it shares with France, has raised its terror alert to its highest level, and has shut down access to Zaventem airport. Heads of state of European countries have been holding meetings to discuss these most recent terrorist attacks, and security has been tightened in numerous air and rail stations throughout Europe.
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