Brussels Airport Sealed off Anew Due to Suspicious Package

EU | March 22, 2016, Tuesday // 20:53|  views

A general view on the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport in Zaventem near Brussels, Belgium, 22 March 2016. Photo: EPA

The security cordon at Zaventem airport, which was hit by two explosions on Tuesday morning, has been re-established after a suspicious package has been found.

The cordon was reduced after the initial security check of the airport, but the discovery of the package has led to its reestablishment.

The twin bombings at the departure hall of the airport were followed by an explosion at the Maelbeek metro station close to the European quarter of the Belgian capital.

According to the latest media reports, the three explosions claimed the lives of at least 34 people and left hundreds other injured.

It is believed that the explosions were caused by suicide bombers, who blew themselves up. A third bomb found at the airport was defused by the police. Reports also suggested that an unexploded suicide belt and Kalashnikov rifle have been found at the airport.

Belgian authorities are on the search for two suspects, one of whom was caught on security camera at the airport before the attack, while the other fled the scene at Maelbeek.

During a police raid in the northern Brussels suburb of Schaerbeek on Tuesday evening, an explosive device containing nails was found. Among the other items seized in the raid were chemical products and an Islamic State (IS) flag.

IS claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement released by a news agency affiliated to the terrorist group.

The terrorist attacks in Brussels come only days after the chief suspect in last year's November 13 attacks in Paris, Salah Abdeslam, was detained in a police raid in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek last week.

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Tags: Brussels, airport, Zaventem, Maelbeek, metro station, explosion, bombing, terrorist attack, IS, Salah Abdeslam, Paris


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