Update on the situation in Belgium
Speaking at a press conference, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel called the attacks “blind, violent and cowardly”, saying they were a “tragic moment in our country’s history”. He called on the people of Belgium to “show calmness and solidarity”.
The Belgian federal prosecutor Fredere Van Leeuw has confirmed that the three explosions this morning – two at Brussels Airport and one in the subway station Maelbeek – were terror attacks.
Similar precautions have been taken in London and New York.
A huge terrorist attack has taken place in Brussels,Belgium at the airport and the subway station. This comes after Belgian authorities arrested several terror suspects and attempted to stop the flow of migrants
Several explosions have struck Brussels airport and the metro system, causing at least 13 deaths, Belgian media say.
Two blasts tore through the departures area of Zaventem airport shortly after 08:00 local time (07:00 GMT).
An hour later, an explosion hit Maelbeek metro station, close to the EU institutions. The airport and whole transport system have been closed.
The attacks come four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive in the Paris attacks, was seized in Brussels.
The Belgian government has yet to confirm the number of deaths and injuries or the cause of the explosions.
Belgium has now raised its terror threat to its highest level. Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted: “For the moment, we are asking people to stay where they are.”