This morning (March 22), the city of Brussels experienced what is thought to be an act of terror. There were two explosions at the Zaventem airport and then a third blast went off in the metro station in the suburb of Maalbeek.
The explosions come after Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris terrorist attacks, was captured in Brussels. Officials were warned of a possible terrorist plot after Abdeslam was captured, saying that he had plans to “restart” something in the city. According to the health minister via BBC, there are 11 dead from the airport blast with 81 injured. At the Maalbeek metro station 15 people were killed while 55 were injured.
After the explosions, the airport was evacuated and all flights to Brussels have been diverted, the metro has also been shut down, and Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel asked citizens to “avoid all movement.” He also urges citizens to stay calm and asks for solidarity in this tragic time. “More then ever I call on everybody to show calm but also solidarity, said Michel in a press conference via CNN. “We’re faced with a trial, a hardship, a difficult time, and we have to face up to it being united in solidarity.”
Prayers for Brussels.
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