[BREAKING} Explosions rock Brussels Airport

Brussels Zaventem airport evacuated after two explosions – several reported injured

One person has been confirmed dead and several others are feared dead after two explosions at Brussels Zaventem airport this morning.

Several people were injured in the blasts which took place shortly before 8am this morning, local time.

Brussels Airport has warned people not to visit the scene and have requested all passengers stay away.

“Don’t come to the airport – airport is being evacuated. Avoid the airport area. Flights have been cancelled,” they tweeted from their official Twitter account.

Flight Radar image shows the usually busy airfield around Zaventem Airport clear as flights are diverted (Photo: FlightRadar)
Flight Radar image shows the usually busy airfield around Zaventem Airport clear as flights are diverted (Photo: FlightRadar)

Shots were fired and Arabic shouted before the blasts, according to Belgian news agency Belga.

“There have been 2 explosions at the airport. Building is being evacuated. Don’t come to the airport area.”

It is understood the explosions occurred at the entrance to the departures hall, near the American Airlines check-in desk.

The cause of the explosions is yet unclear, according to Belgian media.

Brussels Airport this morning after the two explosions
Brussels Airport this morning after the two explosions

Graphic pictures and footage of the explosions have emerged online, with visible smoke rising from the airport entrance.

An evacuation of the airport is currently underway and rail transport to the airport has been suspended.

Passengers at Brussels Airport this morning
Passengers at Brussels Airport this morning

A Sky News journalist at the scene has reported security at the airport to be requesting people to leave their hand luggage and head out of the building immediately.

Sky News television’s Alex Rossi was at the scene and said he heard two very loud explosions.

The aftermath of the explosions this morning
The aftermath of the explosions this morning

“I could feel the building move. There was also dust and smoke as well … I went towards where the explosion came from and there were people coming out looking very dazed and shocked,” he said.

The blasts come four days after Paris November terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was captured by police in Brussels.

Security officials have yet to comment on the incident.

 

Meanwhile, departures are running normally from Terminal Two in Dublin this morning, with the next flight due to Brussels at 1.15pm.

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