BRUSSELS, Belgium (WOWO): At least 28 are dead, according to Sky News, after a series of explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system this morning.
According to Fox News, the country’s interior minister has raised the terror threat level to maximum, and authorities have confirmed they believe the incident is a terror attack.
Many injuries are reported. A passenger just arriving at the airport described the scene as “blood everywhere, injured people, bags everywhere.”
European security officials have been braced for a major attack for weeks, and warned that Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS, was actively preparing since a key suspect in last November’s Paris terror attack was apprehended in Brussels.
Reuters reports that shortly before the explosions witnesses heard shots being fired and someone shouting in Arabic.
The world is reacting to the attacks on Twitter:
#Obama: “We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.” pic.twitter.com/aUF6Y4VUkv
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 22, 2016
Our hearts break for the men and women of Brussels this morning: https://t.co/Z3zl8ArMCG
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 22, 2016
Gov. John Kasich’s statement on the terrorist attacks in #Brussels. pic.twitter.com/6gwCCMwJcy
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) March 22, 2016
Our thoughts go to the victims of the horrible events that happened here at #brusselsairport this morning, their family and friends.
— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) March 22, 2016
Do you all remember how beautiful and safe a place Brussels was. Not anymore, it is from a different world! U.S. must be vigilant and smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2016
Belgian prime minister: “This is a dark moment for our nation.” #Brussels
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 22, 2016
What we know about the Brussels explosions https://t.co/Io461en328 pic.twitter.com/y6TATPY3so
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 22, 2016
BREAKING: Belgian federal prosecutor says at least one airport blast was probably caused by a suicide bomber .
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 22, 2016
#PrayForBelgium #Brussels #brusselsattack pic.twitter.com/zmHzka1gaq
— Phillip Cahill (@P_Cahill10) March 22, 2016
Appalling events in #Brussels remind us that the threat of terrorism is clear and present #nevergivein
— Robert Buckland MP (@RobertBuckland) March 22, 2016
PM: I am shocked and concerned by the events in Brussels. We will do everything we can to help.
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) March 22, 2016