Brussels’ Zaventem airport has been rocked by two explosions leaving many dead.
According to BBC, the Belgian fire service told local media there were at least several dead and wounded.
Number of people confirmed to be dead has risen to 13, while more than two dozens are reported to be injured.
The number of fatalities at the metro station blasts is being reported to be at 10 taking the total number of casualties to 23.
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The cause of the explosions is unknown. The airport is being evacuated and has been closed to flights. Local media said that the explosion had taken place at Maelbreek metro station.
The airport tweeted, “Don’t come to the airport – airport is being evacuated. Avoid the airport area. Flights have been cancelled.”
Don't come to the airport – airport is being evacuated. Avoid the airport area. Flights have been cancelled.
— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) March 22, 2016
Jet Airways said that two of its cabin crew members had been injured in Brussels airport.
Meanwhile, there are reports of fresh explosion at a Brussels metro station, close to European Union buildings.
The Belgian transport ministry said that all metro stations in Brussels had been closed.
Zaventem airport, which serves 23 million passengers every year, has been closed for the day.
The blasts came four days after the capture in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the Paris attacks in November.
Security at the airport and around the city had been beefed up following Paris attacks. An airport employee told BBC that there were heavy presence of soldiers at the airport during the explosions.
According to Belgian news agency Belga, shots were fired and some people were heard shouting in Arabic. It’s, however, not clear whether those shouting in Arabic were the attackers.
But, Britain’s Sky News describes explosions at Brussels airport as ‘suicide attack.’
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said the explosions had left him shocked. His tweet said, “I am shocked and concerned by the events in Brussels. We will do everything we can to help.”
I am shocked and concerned by the events in Brussels. We will do everything we can to help.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 22, 2016
Video and images on social media showed smoke rising from an airport building and shattered windows.
Britain’s Sky News reporter, Alex Rossi, who was at the scene, said: “I was in the duty free in Zaventem Airport and I heard two very, very loud explosions. I could feel the building move. There was also dust and smoke as well. I went towards where the explosion came from and there were people coming out looking very dazed and shocked..”
Confused and shocked passengers fled the terminal to safety as they were evacuated by armed police.
Rail transport to the facility has been halted and people have been told not to come to the airport.
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, told 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.