Traffic is paralyzed, the city is armored, and the army is in the street. That is how Brussels appears after the attacks that struck the Zaventem international airport and two metro stations (Maalbeek and Schumann) this morning. Isis claimed the attacks via Amaq News Agency, a network close to the self-styled Islamic State.
Terrorist alert has been triggered by two explosions that have devastated the departure hall of the Belgian international airport this morning, around 8am. According to witnesses, a man of Arab origin has come to the desk of the departures, shouted a few words, opened gunfire, and finally has blown himself up. The blast has killed at least 34 people, and injured 130. Besides, according to Belgian media, a live bomb has been found at the airport.
Meanwhile, a massive “manhunts on five suspects identified thanks to video surveillance” has kicked off in Brussels. Claude Moniquet, I-Télé’s counter-terrorism expert, interviewed from the Belgian capital.
The Belgian government has immediately convened the Security Council, whereas terror threat level throughout the country was raised to the highest point. An hour after the explosion at the Maelbeek metro station, at a stone’s throw from the EU Commission, pictures of roads full of smoke are posted to Twitter, whereas sources close to the Belgian agency report yet another explosion at the Schumann metro station, close to that of Maelbeek. The city is armored, the Army is in the street, and traffic is totally paralyzed, so as to allow ambulances to pass.