UPDATE 11:28 A.M. EST: The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Brussels attacks, according to the Associated Press.
On Tuesday morning, tragedy struck Brussels, Belgium when explosions occurred at both the Brussels Zaventem Airport‘s Departures Hall and the Maelbeek Metro Station.
The blast at the metro station ended up killing at least 15 people and injuring several more, while the airport explosion killed 13 and left at least 35 injured.
As a result, Belgium has raised their terror threat to the highest level and the Prime Minister Charles Michel took to Twitter to share:
“For the moment, we are asking people to stay where they are.”
The Belga News Agency claims that there were reports of shots fired and someone shouting in Arabic before the two explosions went off and Michel also confirmed that the airport attack was the result of a suicide bomber.
As of now, rail transport to the airport has been stopped and people have been told to stay away from the area as all flights have been diverted. Not to mention, Eurostar has cancelled all trains to and from Brussels. Well that’s very fair.
The President of France Fran├â┬ºois Hollande has called a cabinet meeting to discuss the tragic events and hopes to take steps towards increasing security at international airports.
These apparent attacks come only four days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam who was believed to be a suspect in the Paris terror attacks last fall.
[Image via AP Images.]