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BREAKING: Multiple Explosions In Belgium, At Least 23 Dead

People comfort each other after being evacuated from Brussels airport, after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday March 22, 2016. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing at least 13 people and injuring many more. Belgium raised its terror alert to its highest level, diverting arriving planes and trains and ordering people to stay where they were. Airports across Europe tightened security. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Two explosions at the Brussels airport and another at a Brussels subway station have left at least 23 people dead, according to reports from Belgian media. The explosions have sent Belgium to maximum terror level while authorities work to figure out the responsible party or parties.

The first explosions were reported at the airport, which shut down all outgoing flights and forced airlines to redirect to other airports. The third explosion was reported about an hour later at the Brussels metro station in Molenbeek. Media has begun reporting that the subway bombing was a suicide attack, and that both of the airport explosions were also a suicide attack. The Belgian authorities have labeled the bombings terrorist acts.

The explosions could be related to the arrest and capture of the Islamic radical Salah Abdeslam, the man behind the Paris terror attacks, which occurred late last week in Belgium. Authorities there said Abdeslam was working on an attack in Brussels, but was injured in a fire fight with police and captured alive.

 

Photo courtesy AP.

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