Several dead in Brussels airport explosions

Brussels, March 22 (IANS) Several people were killed on Tuesday when two explosions rocked the departures area of the Zaventem airport in the Belgian capital.

The Belgian fire service told local media there were at least several dead and wounded, BBC reported.

The cause of the explosions was not known. The airport is being evacuated and has been closed to flights, BBC said.

The blasts come four days after the capture in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the Paris terror attacks in November.

Images on social media showed smoke rising from one of the buildings amid reports of panic as people fled the airport.

Several killed as blasts rock Brussels airport (Third Lead)

Brussels, March 22 (IANS) Several people were killed on Tuesday when two massive explosions devastated the departure area of the Zaventem airport in the Belgian capital, triggering panic.

The Belgian fire service told local media there were at least several dead and wounded in the blasts which were centred at the American Airlines check-in desk, BBC reported.

Belga news agency reported that shots were fired and shouts in Arabic were heard before the two blasts, BBC said.

The airport was hurriedly evacuated and had been closed for flights, BBC said.

Pictures showed the terminal windows blown out from the force of the explosion and smoke rising high into the sky. Video also showed terrified passengers running for their lives out of the terminal.

Sky News Middle East correspondent Alex Rossi, who was at the airport on his way to Tel Aviv, said: “I could feel the buildings move.”

The incident came as the Belgian capital was on a state of high alert following the arrest of Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week.

Only on Monday, Belgium’s Interior Minister Jan Jambon said the country was braced for a possible revenge attack following the capture of the 26-year-old Abdeslam.

CNN quoted a tourist, Anthony Barrett, as saying he heard the explosions at about 8 a.m. from his hotel across the terminal building.

“When I opened the curtains and looked out, I could see people feeling,” he told CNN.

He said he saw about 19 or 20 stretchers carrying people so far. Luggage trolleys were also being used to transport the wounded.

“It is clearly a very serious incident,” Barrett said.

The Brussels airport said that there had been two explosions and the building was being evacuated. “Don’t come to the airport area,” it said.

France is seeking AbdeslamÂ’s extradition so he can stand trial for his alleged role in the November 13 rampage of gunfire and suicide bombings that killed 130 people in Paris.

Brussels explosions: No Indian among casualties

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) There is no Indian among the casualties following two massive explosions at Brussels airport in Belgium on Tuesday, the external affairs ministry has confirmed.

“Have spoken to our Ambassador (Manjeev Singh Puri},” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said.

“No reports of any Indian casualties,” he added.

Several people were killed when the two explosions devastated the departure area of the Zaventem airport in the Belgian capital on Tuesday morning, triggering panic.

The Belgian fire service told local media there were several dead and wounded in the blasts which were centred at the American Airlines check-in desk, BBC reported.

Belga news agency reported that shots were fired and shouts in Arabic were heard before the two blasts, BBC said.

The airport was hurriedly evacuated and has been closed for flights, BBC said.

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