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Brussels Airport And Metro Bomb Blasts Caught On Camera [VIDEO]

Brussels Airport And Metro Bomb Blasts Caught On Camera [VIDEO]

An airport security camera captured the moment a bomb went off at the Brussels airport.

Video of explosion

Many people have been killed or seriously injured in terrorist attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station, Belgium’s PM says.

Two explosions hit Zaventem airport at about 07:00 GMT, and another struck Maelbeek metro station an hour later.

The government has not confirmed casualty numbers. Brussels transport officials say 15 died at Maelbeek and media say up to 13 died at the airport.

President Barack Obama, visiting Cuba, was briefed Tuesday morning on the Brussels attacks that killed many people. The White House said U.S. officials were in contact with Belgian officials about the explosions at the Brussels airport and subway system.

Brussels train station explosion

Facebook activated its Safety Check Tuesday morning for users located in Brussels following a series of deadly attacks.

The social network’s Safety Check launched in April after a deadly earthquake in Nepal and was activated in November after the Paris terrorist attacks.

The Belgian flag will be flown over Downing Street today in a show of solidarity, reports Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor. Flags in Whitehall will also be flown at half mast as a mark of respect to the Belgian people.

Countrywide, the terror threat has been raised to the highest “fourth” level, while EU institutions have been put on an “Orange” level alert. The government is sending 225 extra troops to Brussels following the explosions.

US ramps up its security after Brussels attacks

According to CNN, The New York Police Department will be stepping up security around New York subways and other sensitive areas in the city, though spokesman J. Peter Donald said “at this time, there is no known indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City.”

In Washington, police across the Metropolitan Transportation Authority metro system will increase K9 sweeps and police patrols in the wake of terror attacks in Belgium, according to the agency’s twitter feed.