Brussels under attack.
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At least eleven people have died and several people injured after two explosions rocked Brussels Airport in a suspected terror attack.
Witnesses said they 'felt the shockwaves' of the blasts which are believed to have centred on the American Airlines check-in desk at 8am (7am GMT).
Photographs from inside the arrivals hall showed the floor was covered in fallen roof tiles and dust as bloodied people hobbled out of the airport. Others injured were photographed lying on the floor.
Unconfirmed reports have said 11 people are dead and at least 20 people are injured.
Multiple injuries have been reported and medics are racing to the scene.
The large explosions have taken out glass windows at the entrance and much of the airport's ceiling has collapsed.
The cause of the two blasts, which occurred at around 8am this morning at an American airline check-in desk, are unknown at this stage.
There are unconformed reports that a bomb had been placed next to a check-in desk.
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.
Target seems to have been American Airlines desk
Train station seems to have been attacked as well.
Shots were reportedly fired and Arabic shouted before the apparent airport suicide bombing, as a third blast hits a metro station.
The above video is immediately after the blast at the Brussels Airport. A revised estimate has 35 people killed in this Islamic terror attack at this time.
More from the airport:
Eye witness account: First an explosion, then a bigger explosion
Eye witness describes hearing "Allahu Akbar".
According to the BBC, the Islamic State has officially claimed responsibility for the attacks. The fanatical terror group also published its claims in French and Arabic.
Corroborating these statements, Amaq Agency, a news organization that is reportedly affiliated with the Islamic State, posted the following article to its website:
(Third suicide vest found, suspects arrested)
Geert Wilders statement on the Brussels attack:
“I am extremely shocked by today’s events in Brussels. Travelers were murdered in cold blood at Brussels airport, commuters were killed in the metro. Once again, Islamic jihadists hit the free world very hard and slaughtered dozens of innocent people. After Paris, Boston, London, Madrid, New York, this time terror struck in Brussels. Next time it might be Amsterdam.
It is time to act. First of all, we must close our national borders and detain all the jihadists whom we have foolishly allowed to return from Syria. We must also tell people the truth. The cause of all this bloodshed is Islam. We need to de-Islamize the West. That is the only way to safeguard our lives and protect our freedom.”
UPDATE: Starbucks closes all Belgian outlets after it was discovered that one of the explosions at Zaventem airport happened outside one of the company's stores.
Belgian Health Minister gives official numbers on dead and wounded at the moment along with other updates on The Guardian.
Update: 31 dead and 250 wounded
What are the Republican presidential frontrunners saying?
Ted Cruz: "Police must 'secure' US Muslim neighbourhoods".
Donald Trump: "Brussels used to be one of the great places of the world, it was amazing and safe and now its a horror show".
Flashing back to January 2016, the attack on a Jakarta Starbucks in Indonesia. Once is a data point. Two is a coincidence. Frankly it is not unreasonable to ask if this is policy.
Now lets have a look at a Brussels Belgium tourist advert from not too long ago
UPDATE March 23 AM:
Authorities said Khalid El Bakraoui, 27, blew himself up in the Belgian capital's subway system while his 30-year-old sibling Ibrahim detonated a bomb at the city's airport. Both had been convicted of violent crimes in the past and had links to one of the Paris attackers.
It would be interesting to know what crimes they had committed in the past, as contemporary authorities seem to be unable to distinguish crime from an action which is clearly political and military in nature.