ISIS says they’re behind this week’s series of terror attacks in the capital city of Brussels in Belgium. Two suicide bombers targeted the Brussels airport and the city’s subway system, killing as many as 30 people injured 190 others.
The bombers have been identified as Belgian brothers Khalid and Ibrahim Bakraoui. One of three suspects caught on airport security footage is at large.
“A very sad day for Belgium”
“I…definitely want to present my sincere condolences to the family, friends of the victims who have been killed.”
Monique Poncelet, the Belgium’s Honorary Consul-General in Vancouver says today’s attacks are a tragedy.
“There are lots of people who are badly injured, and their life has changed…forever.”
She’s been told by police to be vigilant following today’s attacks and local police have been constantly patrolling the area.
Airport and metro station targeted
Two blasts, possibly from suicide bombers, occurred at 8am local time in the departure area of the Zaventum airport, near the American Airlines desk.
An hour later, another explosion occurred, this one at the Maalbeek Metro station near European Union offices.
There have been 2 explosions at the airport. Building is being evacuated. Don’t come to the airport area.
— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) March 22, 2016
The airport is completely shutdown, as is all transit in the Belgian capital.
Police have told everyone in the city to stay indoors today.
In response to this morning’s attacks, security has been tightened at airports all across Europe.
On the weekend, Belgian authorities expressed concern about revenge attacks in the wake of last Friday’s arrest of Salem Abdelsalem, the supposed mastermind of the Paris attacks last November that killed 130.
Travel advisory issued for Canadians
Global Affairs Canada says it has no reports of any Canadian citizens being affected by today’s explosions at the airport in Brussels and at a metro station in the city.
It has issued a travel advisory to Canadians heading to Belgium.