: Brussels Attacks: Death toll rises to at least 34
Society21:12 Mar. 22, 2016

Brussels Attacks: Death toll rises to at least 34

A suicide bomber struck Brussels airport - that came shortly before the city's metro system was also hit

The death toll from the multiple terror attacks across Brussels on Tuesday morning, March 22, has risen to at least 34.

Twin explosions rocked the departure hall at the Brussels airport during rush hour. Witlessness claim to have heard Arabic shouts shortly before the blasts. The area is now sealed off with no flights leaving or arriving, and all passengers were evacuated. Police say they have found a non-exploded bomb belt.

One woman who was at the airport describes the scene. "I just went to the toilet and then like after five minutes I hear an explosion and all the ceilings is going down and then I just go under the sink and then the second explosion went and then everything is black. And I see, when I go out I see a lot of people with blood and I just go, just run out of the airport. Yeah, and all the building there is like chaos there. I was so scared, I thought it was the end of the world."

Moments after the deadly blasts at the airport another explosion rocked the Maelbeek metro station, a stone's throw from the European Union headquarters in Brussels.

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As a result of the attacks, security has been stepped up across Europe. In London, a heavy police presence was visible in key locations.

All Eurostar services which usually travel to Paris and Brussels from the British capital were cancelled. In France authorities deployed an additional 1,600 police to bolster security at its borders and on public transport.

Security was also stepped up at German airports, train stations and borders with Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Across the world, messages of solidarity with Belgium are being heard. Speaking from Havana, Cuba U.S. President Barack Obama called for nations around the world to unite to defeat terrorism.

Read also Two explosions are reported in the departures area of Brussels airport (updates)

U.S. President Barack Obama: "The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium. We stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people. We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsible and this is yet another reminder that the world must unite, we must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith, in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world."

The attacks in Brussels occurred just four days after the arrest of the prime surviving suspect in the November terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

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