At Least 31 People Killed in Brussels Terror Attacks; Security Increased in Major US Cities

Belgium has issued a Level 4 alert and shut down all public transportation after a series of coordinated attacks hit Brussels Airport and a metro station early Tuesday morning.

The damaged facade of a building at Brussels Airport after at least 26 people were killed and many more injured as blasts rocked the main terminal of the airport as well as a metro station in Brussels on March 22, 2016
The damaged facade of a building at Brussels Airport after at least 26 people were killed and many more injured as blasts rocked the main terminal of the airport as well as a metro station in Brussels on March 22, 2016 JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

Updated Tuesday, March 22, 11:45 a.m. EDT: BBC News is reporting that the death toll in the coordinated attacks in Brussels has risen to at least 31, with 11 people killed at Brussels Airport and 20 killed at the Maelbeek metro station.

Updated Tuesday, March 22, 11:20 a.m. EDT: In a speech before the Cuban people, President Barack Obama addressed the bombings in Belgium on Tuesday, noting that the bombing is “another reminder we must unite” in the fight against terrorism, USA Today reports.

“We will do whatever is necessary to support our friends in Belgium,” Obama said. The president is on the third day of his historic visit to Cuba.

“We stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people,” he said. “This is yet another reminder that the world must unite; we must be together.”

The newspaper notes that the president spoke with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and offered his condolences and U.S. assistance in investigating the attacks before giving his speech, the newspaper reports. 

Earlier:

At least 26 people are dead and more than 100 wounded after coordinated attacks hit Brussels Airport and a metro station in the city Tuesday morning at the peak of rush hour, according to Belgian officials, NPR News reports.

“What we feared has happened; we were hit by blind attacks,” Prime Minister Charles Michel said at a news conference Tuesday. Belgium has issued a Level 4 alert, denoting “serious and imminent attack,” and shut down all public transportation NBC News reports.

According to NBC, there were two explosions at the Brussels Airport around 8 a.m. local time. One of the explosions is believed to have been caused by a suicide bomber. Officials have reported at least 11 people dead and several wounded.

An hour later, another explosion at the Maelbeek subway station killed at least 15 people and injured more than 50, according to reports. 

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