UPDATE: ISIS is claiming responsibility for two deadly bombing attacks in Brussels today. A news agency affiliated with the terrorist group said ISIS fighters carried out the bombings at the airport and subway with "explosive belts and devices."
Belgium police have released a photo of the 3 suspected terrorists taken from CCTV footage in the airport. Federal Police were looking for a man on the right of the photo wearing a black hat and white coat and pushing a luggage cart. He is believed to have left a nail bomb and fled the airport. The photo also shows two men dressed in black and appearing to be wearing gloves on their left hands.
At least 31 people are dead and scores of others injured in a pair of coordinated terror attacks in Brussels today. The bomb blasts were centered at an international airport and a major subway station. The attacks come only four days after A Belgian-born man was arrested in connection with November's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.
(NEWSER) – Brussels has been locked down after what authorities fear were multiple terrorist attacks on the city's subway system and main airport. Transport has been shut down and citizens have been urged to stay at home. According to Belgian media, at least 23 people have been killed and dozens more seriously injured. The latest developments:
- All flights to Zaventem airport were suspended and transport in the area was suspended after twin explosions hit the departure area at around 8am, one near the American Airlines desk and one near the Brussels Airlines desk, the Guardian reports. Passengers were evacuated amid scenes of panic.
- Witnesses say the blasts caved in the ceiling in the departure area. "It was atrocious. The ceilings collapsed," a survivor told reporters. "There was blood everywhere, injured people, bags everywhere. We were walking in the debris. It was a war scene."
- CNN reports that the city's Metro system was shut down after an explosion at a subway station in Maalbeek, near European Union headquarters, soon after the airport blasts. "The Metro was leaving Maelbeek station for Schuman when there was a really loud explosion," a survivor with a bloodied face tells the AP. "It was panic everywhere. There were a lot of people in the Metro."
- Reuters reports that according to Belgian news agencies, shots were fired and shouts in Arabic could be heard before the airport explosions.
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PHOTOS: Explosions Rock Brussels Airport, Subway