Developing story :
Prior to 8am local time, explosions were reported at Brussels Zaventem airport. Reports and images are starting to surface via social media. One unconfirmed report mentions that one explosion was close to the American Airlines check-in area. RTBF, the Belgian broadcaster has quoted a witness that claims people were injured in the departure area.
Belgian media is reporting injuries, and that train service to the airport has been suspended.
At this time, nothing has been verified with regard to the cause of the explosions. Media is also reporting that the airport has been closed to flights, and is being evacuated.
photo credit : BBC News Rozina Sini
update 09:10 CET Most recent tweets from @BrusselsAirport
09:25 CET (announcement from Brussels Airport) “Due to two explosions at Brussels Airport this morning, March 22nd, the airport is closed for the rest of the day. As a consequence all flights to and from Brussels Airport are cancelled today. We kindly ask our passengers to contact their travel agency or the Brussels Airlines Call Center 0032 723 23 62 to rebook their flights. For refunds, we ask our passengers to use the following form: https://www.brusselsairlines.com/en-be/contact-us/cancel-refund/default.aspx or to contact their agency. “
update 09:30 CET (approximately) There was an explosion also reported in the Maelbeek metro station. This metro station is reported to be close to EU institutions/offices. The entire metro system is currently closed.
update 10:50 CET Belgian prosecutor confirms airport explosion was a suicide attack. Service cancelled by Eurostar in and out of Brussels Midi terminal. Belgium Crisis Center instructs people to stay where they are. For those with questions about family or friends at the airport Call (0032) (0)2/753.73.00 (reference : @BrusselsAirport)