Islamic terrorist attack in Belgian capital kills at least 26

At least 26 people have been reportedly killed in a terrorist attack in Brussels – the capital of Belgium and the home of NATO and the United Nations on Tuesday.

Initial reports suggest that an Islamic terrorist or terrorists used a suicide bomb to conduct the attack at the Brussels airport. According to Reuters, a witness the attacker(s) shouted in Arabic before two explosions occurred in the departure lounge of the Airport.

A third explosion occurred at the city metro station in Maelbeek about an hour after the attack on the airport.

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According to initial reports by transport officials, fifteen people were killed at the metro station and eleven at the airport.

Brussels airport lounge after the terrorist attack.
Brussels airport lounge after the terrorist attack.

Belgium has increased its terror threat level to the highest level.

Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel said, “We realize we face a tragic moment. We have to be calm and show solidarity.”

The attacks occurred just four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the Paris terrorist attacks was arrested in Brussels.

French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, said, “We are at war. We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war.”

The Belgian Health Minister has reported at least 81 wounded people from the two attacks.

All public transportation has been shut down in the city of Brussels until further notice.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said, “What we had feared has come to pass. Our country has been struck by attacks that are blind, violent and cowardly” during a news conference.

Major transit systems in the United States have increased their security level in response to the attacks. In New York City, the NYPD has increased their officer presence on the streets and the subway system.  Anti-terrorist patrol have been initiated at the World Trade center and the PATH train system that connects to New Jersey.

“At this time, there is no known indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City. We will continue to follow the situation in Belgium closely with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI and adjust the department’s deployments accordingly,” NYPD spokesman Stephen P. Davis said.

The Metro Transit Police in Washington D.C. announced an increase in patrols and K-9 dog sweeps throughout the city but also said their are no credible threats at this time.

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