More Terror – Video – Photo compilation – ISIS Terror Attacks in Brussels, Belgium
More Terror – Video – Photo compilation – ISIS Terror Attacks in Brussels, Belgium
At least 28 killed 30 injured in terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium.
ISIS revenge: Terror group claims responsibility for Brussels attacks
BUT! The most important thing to do now,, is to place some flowers and memorials near the scene. But wait, maybe we could go kill those responsible, instead of being stupid and dropping rose pedals?
This article titled “Brussels explosions: multiple casualties after airport and metro attacks – live” was written by Matthew Weaver and Haroon Siddique, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 13.08 UTC
The confirmed deathtoll from both attacks now stands at 34.
Maggie de Block, the Belgian health minister, said 14 people died and 81 were injured in the airport explosions.
The Belgian metro authority, STIB-MIVB, and emergency services said 20 people were killed in the Maelbeek metro blast. STIB-MIVB said a further 55 people were injured, including 10 criticall
An unexploded suicide vest, thought to belong to a third terrorist at Brussels Airport, was discovered at the airport, according to an unconfirmed report by the private broadcaster VTM.
It blown up in controlled explosion by a bomb squad.
Police have conducted a controlled explosion at the Vrije University in central Brussels.
One British national injured
One British national is known to have been injured in the bomb attack on the airport in Brussels, Downing Street said.
Oliver Milne writes
Flemish news channel VTM is reporting that the Belgian justice department is warning journalists, from Belgium and abroad, not to report on ongoing police investigations which could put the lives of the public or police officers at risk.
French language newspaper Le Soir pledged that it would not report on active police operations.
Reports saying that the Royal Palace in Brussels was evacuated after the attacks were incorrect, the Belgian monarchy Twitter account says.
The Guardian’s Arthur Neslen has been speaking to health officials at a hospital where some of the injured are being treated.
I asked Renaud Mazy, the hospital CEO if they wanted soldiers diverted here to help.
He said: “I’m not requesting help – we can organise ourselves and take the right decisions – but due to the fact that it’s a hospital with lots of people in it, it’s maybe better for the authorities to send specific protection here.”
Officials set up a ‘Mash’ operation – it’s actually called Mash – where 11 people are being treated so far.
They’re expecting more and I get the sense they’re worried about more attacks. The hospital is also in a kind of lockdown. There are body searches on way in.
People in Belgium are tweeting #ikwillhelpen, “I want to help”, offering rooms and shelter to people who are stranded in Brussels because of the attacks.
Belgians are also using #PorteOuvert and #OpenHouse:
The hashtag is similar to #PorteOuvert, which was used by Parisians in the wake of November’s attacks, to offer aid to those affected with nowhere to stay.
Report: 34 dead
The death toll from both the attacks has increased to 34, according to an unconfirmed report by the Belgium broadcaster VRT.
It said 20 died in the metro attack and 14 were killed at the airport.
In phone calls to US television shows, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Brussels was a once beautiful place that had become a “disaster city” and an “armed camp” before today’s attacks, writes Amanda Holpuch.
He said such changes to the city, as in Paris, showed why the US should stop letting immigrants into the country.
Trump told Fox & Friends that if he were president, “I would close up our borders to people until we figure out what’s going on.”
Pressed by NBC’s Today Show, 15 minutes later, to explain who he would prevent from entering the country, Trump said he would exclude people from Syria and people who do not have “perfect documentation”.
He did not say that he would prevent Muslims from entering the country, as he has done repeatedly in the past, but he did suggest that Muslims were responsible for terrorist attacks if they did not report neighbours’ suspicious behaviour to authorities.
If Trump were president today, he said he would give US citizens a “pep talk”.
The Today presenters asked Trump what he would do if, as in the case in Belgium, he had Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in last year’s Paris attacks, in custody.
“If they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding,” Trump said. “You have to get the information from people.”
Cameron says ‘we absolutely stand’ with Belgium
David Cameron says “we absolutely stand” with the Belgian people and that he has spoken to the Belgian prime minister, offering condolences and security support. He says the attacks could just as well have happened in Germany or the UK.
We face a very real terrorist threat right across the different countries of Europe and we have to meet that with everything we have.
The UK prime minister said it was too early to say whether any British people were caught up in the attacks. All necessary measures had been taken including increasing security at ports and airports, he said. The threat level to the UK, currently at its second highest level, would not be increased.
He said Ukip’s comments that the attack showed the Schengen area was a threat to UK security were “not appropriate”.
American Airlines has said the explosions at Brussels airport did not occur near its check-in desk, as some reports suggested.
The mayor of London has suggested there might be one British “casualty” but it was unclear whether he was referring to someone possibly killed or injured.
The BBC’s Norman Smith reports that a British person is reported to be injured.
CNN is reporting that the Belgian royal family has been evacuated.
Journalist Matthew Keys has put together air traffic audio of a pilot being told of the attack as his plane approached Brussels airport.
Trump and Ukip blame ‘lax’ border controls
Reuters has a little more on Donald Trump’s reaction on Fox News.
He said: “I would close up our borders … We are lax and we are foolish.”
Ukip took a similar line. Its defence spokesman, Mike Hookem, blamed the attack on freedom of movement.
He said: “This horrific act of terrorism shows that Schengen free movement and lax border controls are a threat to our security.”
An Indian woman working for Jet Airways is among the injured, India’s minister of external affairs has said.
A Kalashnikov rifle has been found in the departure hall at Zaventem airport, according to Belgian news channel RTBF.
A Slovenian diplomat is among the injured, the Slovenian foreign minister, Karl Erjavec, has told reporters.
Erjavec told a news conference that the diplomat, who was not named, was in hospital and his life was not in danger.
Media reports said the diplomat was injured in the metro blast on his way to work.
Statements from officials put the death toll at 26, with 136 wounded.
Maggie de Block, the Belgian health minister, confirmed that 11 people died and 81 were injured in the airport explosions, which the Belgian prosecutor said were caused by a suicide attack.
The Belgian metro authority, STIB-MIVB, told RTBF that at least 15 people were killed in the Maelbeek metro blast and 55 were injured, including 10 critically.
The US president, Barack Hussein Obama, who is visiting Cuba, has been briefed on the blasts.
“The president was apprised this morning of the explosions in Brussels, Belgium,” an official said after the blasts at Brussels airport and a metro station. “US officials have been and will continue to be in close contact with their Belgian counterparts.”
Meanwhile US Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump reacted by saying he would “close up borders”.
Flags at the European commission have been lowered.
A spokesman for the commission said Europe was united against terrorism.
The French president, François Hollande, says the whole of Europe has been hit by today’s attack.
There has been widespread international condemnation.
Belgian TV station Ring TV has posted an appeal to people living near Zaventem airport to bring blankets, water, food and essential medical supplies to the local gym being used as a makeshift shelter, writes Oliver Milne.
Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins calls for “patience and restraint” in response to the attacks.
The blanket media coverage assured for any act of violence is reckless. The media must “report”, but it need not go berserk in revelling in the violence caused, as it manifestly has done to Islamic State brutality. More serious, the intention of the terrorist is clearly to shut down western society, to show liberal democracy to be a sham and to invoke the persecution of Muslims. Yet that is the invariable response of the security industry to these incidents. Convinced of its potency, it dare not admit there are some things against which it cannot protect us. So when incidents occur it jerks the knee and demands ever more money and ever more power. It must not be given them.
The Eiffel Tower is to be lit up in the colours of the Belgian flag as a mark of solidarity, writes Oliver Milne.
Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, tweeted: “In solidarity with the people of Brussels, tonight Paris will light the Eiffel Tower in the colours of the Belgian flag.”
Sarah, who is locked down in one of the EU institution buildings on Rue Belliard, less than 500m from Maelbeek station, contacted us via WhatsApp.
She told us that a controlled explosion took place on Rue de la Loi very close to Maelbeek station.
The following video was taken 15 minutes after the initial explosion this morning at Maelbeek station.
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Police patrols at Manchester airport have been stepped up as a precaution. In a statement Manchester’s assistant chief constable John O’Hare said:
“There is no specific threat in Greater Manchester following the events this morning but we remain at a threat level of severe.
“We are working closely with Manchester airport to ensure that the appropriate response is in place and we have increased our patrols to support this.
“We will continue to review the situation and maintain our increased patrols in crowded areas, iconic locations and transport hubs.
“The events today in Brussels reinforce the need for us all to remain vigilant and report any concerns whilst continuing with normal daily life.”
The Belgian prime minister, Charles Michael, has condemned the attacks as “blind, violent and cowardly”.
He added: “We must face this challenge in solidarity, united, together.”
The federal prosecutor, Fredere Van Leeuw, confirmed that the attack at Zaventem airport was carried out by a suicide bomber but gave no details about the second blast, writes Oliver Milne.
“It is too early to discuss any more details about the attackers,” Van Leeuw told journalists at the press conference.
15 killed in metro blast
The metro operator STIB-MIVB has confirmed that 15 people were killed in the Maelbeek metro station blast.
Here’s video of passengers walking through a smoke-filled underground tunnel following an explosion at Maelbeek metro. At street level smoke can be seen rising from the underground.
Belgian PM: ‘What we feared, has happened’
Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, says terrorists have committed murder at the airport and the metro station.
“What we feared, has happened,” he said in a televised press conference.
He said it was too early to confirm casualty figures but said that there were “many dead, many injured”.
Michel confirmed that the attack at the airport was carried by a suicide bomber.
He also called for “calm and solidarity” after what he described as a “tragic moment”.
Small blasts, thought to be controlled explosions, have been heard close the Maelbeek metro. Local media said it appeared to be the work of the police bomb squad, Reuters reports.
Here’s video of a metro train being evacuated after the blast.
Brussels police have confirmed deaths at the Maelbeek metro station but they have not disclosed numbers, AP reports.
There are unconfirmed reports that 10 people were killed at the station.
Graphic images have emerged purporting to show at least one victim of the metro blast.
Here’s video of the aftermath of the blasts.
Extra police are to be deployed at key locations in the UK, the Metropolitan police’s assistant commissioner Mark Rowley has announced.
Rowley, who is the national lead for counter-terrorism policing, said:
“As a precaution forces across the UK have increased policing presence at key locations, including transport hubs, to protect the public and provide reassurance. This is not in relation to any specific information or intelligence.
“In London specifically, the Metropolitan Police Service has mobilised additional officers, who will carry out highly visible patrols at key locations around the capital including the transport network. The number of officers deployed will be regularly assessed. These additional officers are deployed as part of reassurance measures.
“The police presence across London and the rest of the UK is constantly under review.
“We are in close liaison with the Belgium authorities and will continue to monitor the situation.
“The threat to the UK from international terrorism remains at severe as it has been since August 2014, meaning an attack is highly likely.
“We urge the public and businesses to be alert but not alarmed and report anything suspicious to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999.”
France is to deploy an extra 1,600 police at its borders following the Brussels attack, interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has announced.
“It is essential to maintain a vigilance,” he said in a televised address.
The visible police presence at London’s Heathrow airport has been stepped up, the airport has announced.
In statement a spokesman said:
“We take the safety and security of our passengers and colleagues very seriously. In the light of events in Brussels airport, we are working with the police at Heathrow who are providing a high visibility presence. We expect flights to Brussels airport to be affected and ask passengers travelling there to check their flight status with their airline.”
European council president Donald Tusk said the Brussels attacks “mark another low by the terrorists”.
In a statement he said:
I am appalled by the bombings this morning at Zaventem airport and the European district in Brussels which have cost several innocent lives and injured many others.
I extend my sincerest sympathies to the relatives and friends of the victims. These attacks mark another low by the terrorists in the service of hatred and violence.
The European institutions are hosted in Brussels thanks to the generosity of Belgium’s government and its people. The European Union returns this solidarity now and will fulfill its role to help Brussels, Belgium and Europe as a whole counter the terror threat which we are all facing.
There is confusion about the death toll at the Maelbeek metro station close to EU offices.
Earlier the public broadcaster VTM said 10 people were killed. But another broadcaster VRT has since reported that no one was killed in that explosion.
Passengers were injured in the blast, AP reports.
Rescue workers set up a makeshift treatment centre in a pub. Dazed and shocked morning travellers streamed from the metro entrances as police tried to set up a security cordon.
“The metro was leaving Maelbeek station for Schuman when there was a really loud explosion,” said Alexandre Brans, 32, wiping blood from his face. “It was panic everywhere. There were a lot of people in the metro.”
Françoise Ledune, a spokeswoman for the Brussels Metro, said on BFM television that there appeared to have been just one explosion, in a car that was stopped at Maelbeek.
First responders ran through the street outside with two people on stretchers, their clothes badly torn.
Belgium’s federal prosecutor has confirmed that the explosions at Brussels airport were carried out by a suicide bomber, according to broadcasters VTM and RTBF reported.
All trains to Brussels stations from Paris have been cancelled, writes Angelique Chrisafis.
At Paris’s Gare du Nord station scores of passengers on a morning Thalys train ready to depart for Brussels were told to get off the train and that all international departures to Belgium had been suspended.
Were the apparent attacks revenge for Salah Abdeslam’s arrest, asks Jason Burke.
Any threat from Islamic militants to Europe may rise and fall, but does not disappear when a single figure is arrested, however much he was sought. The “major blow” struck on Friday, as senior policymakers called it, now looks less major.
The second is that both terrorists and those trying to stop them seek to keep the initiative. This has a practical and a psychological aspect. For counter-terrorism agencies, the aim is to get information fast enough to mount raids and sweep up suspects before they even have time to work out who among them has been picked up and who might have talked, let alone plan a new strike. Networks quickly fall apart under such relentless pressure, as was shown in Iraq in the middle of the last decade.
For the terrorists, the aim is to show they can still terrorise, mobilise and polarise with violence. This is not so much about revenge, but simply demonstrating a continued capability. They may be down but, they are saying, they are not out.
American Airlines said all of its employees and contractors are accounted for after the blast at the airport departure hall.
Here’s an aerial view of the blast site.
There’s been some bitter reaction to the attacks in Russia, writes Shaun Walker.
The chair of the Duma’s foreign policy committee, Alexei Pushkov, tweeted: “While [Nato chief Jens] Stoltenberg, is busy fighting the imaginary ‘Russian threat’ and putting troops in Latvia, under his nose in Brussels people are blown up.”
And more Russian schadenfreude came from foreign ministryspokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who reportedly said: “You can’t support terrorists in one part of the globe and not expect them to appear in others.”
Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, has warned the Belgian public to “avoid any movement” for the time being.
Reinforcements have arrived at Michel’s office.
Brussels airport will stay closed until 6am on Wednesday.
Eurostar in London has suspended trains to and from Brussels Midi station.
Martin Schulz, president of the European parliament, has condemned what he described as “heinous attacks”.
This aerial view shows how close the metro blast was to the EU buildings in Brussels.
There are unconfirmed reports that 23 people have been killed in both attacks.
The Belgian broadcaster VTM said 10 people were killed in the blast at the Maelbeek metro station. Earlier, it said the death toll at the Zaventem airport in Brussels had risen to 13.
British counter-terrorism officials are watching events in Brussels as the government’s emergency committee prepares to meet, writes Vikram Dodd.
The United Kingdom threat level remains at severe, the second highest level. It means security officials assess an attack on the UK is highly likely. The UK threat level assessment is made by the joint terrorism assessment centre, which sits within MI5.
How the terrorists carried out their attacks and tactics, especially any change in tactics , will be of interest to security officials across parts of the world facing a terrorist threat.
Past attacks in Europe, for instance last November’s assault on Paris, led UK police to review the threat level. Then they left it at severe.
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Report: 10 dead in metro blast
The Belgian broadcaster VTM says 10 people were killed in the blast at the Maelbeek station. The station is about 500 metres from the EU buildings.
Michael Ryan, head of the EU delegation to Rwanda, said he felt the Maelbeek metro blast in the next station.
The European commission has locked down its staff after the apparent attacks.
Kristalina Georgieva, the EU’s vice-president in charge of personnel, has told staff to stay inside.
Cobra to meet
David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the UK government’s emergency committee, Cobra, following the Brussels attacks.
Earlier, the prime minister expressed his shock and concern.
The death toll at the Zaventem airport in Brussels has increased to 13, according to the Belgian broadcaster VRT, with a further 35 people severely injured, Reuters reports.
An image appeared on twitter of passengers being evacuated from a train after the blast at Maelbeek metro station.
Brussels is in lockdown. The metro stations and airport have been closed. And now the city’s museums are also reported to have been shut.
Airport attack blamed on suicide bomber
The Belgian broadcaster VRT says the Brussels airport explosion was a suicide attack, Reuters reports. This is unconfirmed at this stage.
‘Several injured’ in metro station blast
Several people were injured in the explosion at Maelbeek metro station, AP reports.
Here’s video of the aftermath of that blast.
David Cameron expresses shock and concern
David Cameron has expressed his shock and concern.
Other world leaders have tweeted similar sentiments.
Sky News has the latest video from the metro station blast and the explosions at the airport.
According to French media reports, there were two explosions minutes apart just before 8am at Brussels airport – one in the departures area and one on or near the runway, writes Angelique Chrisafis.
A false ceiling collapsed, causing lots of dust and smoke.
The departures area had easy access to the public, but the runway area would have been closed to public access and raises questions about how the explosion could have happened there.
Hospital source says 10 dead
The Belgian broadcaster RTBF says up to 10 people were killed and 30 wounded in the airport explosions. It cited a hospital source for the figures, according to Reuters.
Metro system closed
The entire metro system in Brussels has been closed.
Reports of metro station blast.
There are unconfirmed reports of an attack at a Brussels metro station close to the EU buildings at Maelbeek.
Extraordinary video has emerged of the aftermath of the airport blast.
Here’s where the blasts took place.
Belgium PM ‘following minute-by-minute’
Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, says his government is monitoring the situation minute-by-minute. In a tweet he said the “top priority” was the victims of the blasts.
Le Soir confirms the terror alert level has been increased to the maximum of four.
The Belgian government has put the country on the highest alert level following the explosions, according to a reporter for the Belga news agency.
Police confirm one dead
Belgium police have confirmed that at least one person was killed in the explosion, AP reports.
“One person has died and perhaps there are several more,” a police official said.
The Belgian news agency Belga said shots were fired and there were shouts in Arabic shortly before the explosions, Reuters reports.
It provides this context:
The blasts occurred four days after the arrest in Brussels of a suspected participant in November militant attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Belgian police had been on alert for any reprisal action.
Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect for November’s Paris attacks on a stadium, cafes and a concert hall, was captured by Belgian police after a shootout on Friday.
Belgium’s interior minister, Jan Jambon, said on Monday the country was on high alert for a possible revenge attack following the capture of 26-year-old Abdeslam.
“We know that stopping one cell can … push others into action. We are aware of it in this case,” he told public radio.
French investigator François Molins told a news conference in Paris on Saturday that Abdeslam, a French citizen born and raised in Brussels, admitted to investigators he had wanted to blow himself up along with others at the Stade de France on the night of the attack claimed by Islamic State; but he later backed out.
The explosion is reported to have taken place at the American Airlines area of the departure hall.
Pictures are emerging from Brussels airport
Brussels airport has been closed and flights have been cancelled.
There are unconfirmed reports that 11 people have been killed in the blasts.
A local journalist cited firefighters for the death toll of 11. The Belgian news agency Belga said one person was killed and several injured.
Graphic images have emerged showing some of those injured in the blasts.
Brussels airport has confirmed there have been two explosions and that the airport has been evacuated. It also warned people to stay away from the area.
Welcome to our live coverage of the aftermath of two explosions at Brussels airport.
At this stage details are sketchy and the cause of the explosions is not clear.
Belgian media said several people were injured.
Video from the scene showed people running from the airport as smoke rose from the building.
Rail traffic to the airport has been suspended and planes are being prevented from landing.
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