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Brussels Zaventem airport rocked by two explosions with a possible connection to ISIS

Two explosions destroyed inner sections of the departures area of Zaventem airport in Brussels

Though it’s not clear as of now, the Belgian fire service reported, at least, several dead and wounded to the local media.

There’s no identifiable cause of the explosions as of now, but some reports suggest it was an act of terrorism. The airport is being evacuated and has been closed down so that no aircraft can land in it or take off. Rail transportation in the area has been brought to a halt as well.

Coincidentally, this explosion comes four days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam in Brussels, the main suspect in the Paris attacks in November, after which Brussels has been on the highest level of terror alert since. It could be a direct response to taking him into custody.

Some reports indicate that at least one explosion occurred near the American Airlines check-in area, but this has not been confirmed either.

The Belgian broadcaster RTBF quoted a witness as saying there were people injured or unconscious in the departure area, opposite the Sheraton hotel.

Niels Caignau, a Swissport employee, shared his perspective of this tragic event with Flemish broadcaster VRT: "I was on a break and heard and felt a big explosion - we have from here a view over the departure hall and saw a plume of smoke come out.

"The windows are completely shattered. People went outside in shock. It doesn't look good."

UPDATE: Photos Show The Aftermath Of Double Bombing In Brussels  Airport

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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