Govt. Shuts Down Brussels After Attack

Govt. Shuts Down Brussels After AttackThe Belgian government has shut down metro, train, and bus services in Brussels, the capital, following the three explosions that rocked the capital city on Tuesday. Two bomb blast were occurred at the Zaventem International Airport and one at Maelbeek metro station located near European headquarters, leaving over 38 persons dead with over 170 injured. The blast at the Maelbeek metro station happened just as a train was arriving at a platform during the morning rush hour. Associated Press reported that several people were seen with facial injuries following the Maelbeek metro station blast. “It was panic everywhere. There were a lot of people in the metro,” Alexandre Brans, a 32-year-old commuter, told the Associated Press.

The impact of early Tuesday blast in the departures lounge at the airport killed smashed the windows at the airport and sent ceiling tiles shattering to the floor. There were chaotic scenes at the airport, with panicked passengers fleeing the terminal as a thick plume of smoke could be seen rising from the main terminal building. Airport officials have urged people to stay away from the airport.

A Brussels public transport operator reportedly said on a Twitter that “Bus, tram and metro shut down,” In corroboration, Brussels public prosecutor said separately”No trains are currently running to or from Brussels “Brussels customers are advised to postpone, and not come to station”

Meanwhile, security has tightened up at airports in France, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands.

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