Belgium terror attacks


WHAT WE KNOW: Brussels terror attacks

PUBLISHED Tue, March 22, 2016 - 9:41am EDT

The Belgian capital of Brussels has been rocked by a series of deadly terror attacks, just days after Europe’s most wanted man was caught in a series of dramatic police raids. This is what we know so far: (more)

- Two explosions occurred at Brussels Airport shortly after 8 a.m. local time, followed by an explosion at Maelbeek/Maalbeek metro station just after 9 a.m.

- As of 2:30 p.m., authorities have confirmed at least 34 dead and 187 injured. This includes 14 dead and 81 injured at the airport, and 20 dead and 106 injured at the metro station.

- Belgian media reported that an assault rifle was found next to one of the attackers at the airport, which would confirm initial reports that shots had also been fired.

- There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion will fall on the Islamic State (ISIS) group. The attacks come just days after a series of police raids in Brussels, resulting in the deaths 2 terror suspects and the arrest of Paris attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam.

- Belgium has been put on its highest terror alert level after Tuesday’s attacks and security measures are being taken in numerous countries, including the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

- Brussels has been brought to a virtual standstill with many stores and businesses closed. Schools are keeping children inside and employers have been urged to keep their employees inside until further notice.

- Tihange nuclear power plant in Huy in the Belgian province of Liege has been evacuated, according to local police, but there is no word on the cause. Nuclear watchdog FANC says nuclear power plants are operating at minimum capacity until further notice.


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