Twin blasts, one speculated to be a suicide bombing, going off at around 8 AM this morning at Brussels according to authorities and the Associated Press, leave at least 13 dead and many more injured. The first bombing happened in the departure lounge of Zavantem Airport and a second at Maelbeek metro station in the city.
The bombing comes four days after Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the November 2015 Paris bombing was arrested.
Brussels has raised threat levels to maximum reported the AP, citing interior minister Jan Jambon. More than 200 flights to Brussels have been cancelled or diverted.
New York City, London and Paris are among other cities on high alert.
The Metropolitan Police in Brussels told the AP they have “activated an online platform where images and videos can be uploaded which could provide important information for the investigating authorities.”
At around 3:45 PM local time, A U.S. Official said that at least one suitcase bomb was detonated at Brussels Airport, apart from there being concrete evidence regarding a suicide bombing.
Nations around Europe are declaring their solidarity with Belgium.
The Islamic State terrorist group took credit for the blasts and threatens other anti-IS countries. A communique they published says that “what is coming is worse and more bitter.”