Two explosions have struck the departures area of the terminal building at Brussels Zaventem airport (IATA: BRU). Thankfully, a third explosive device failed to detonate.
The blasts occurred shortly after 08:00 local time on March 22 and were followed approximately one hour later by further explosion at the city’s Maalbeek metro station, close to the EU Parliament buildings.
Brussels Zaventem Airport will remain closed on Wednesday March 23 but could re-open on Thursday if inspectors deem it to be safe. The Belgian authorities say the airport was attacked by three suicide bombers with explosive devices wheeled into the terminal upon luggage trollies. A man captured on CCTV images is now believed to be on the run after his explosive device failed to detonate.
Belgian media reports say at least 11 people were killed and 81 injured at the airport while a further 20 died and 106 were injured at the metro station.
The explosions happened four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in last year’s Paris terror attacks, was captured in Brussels.