Islamic State have now claimed responsibility for the attack. A news agency affiliated with the group has released the following statement:
Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices on Tuesday, targeting an airport and a central metro station in the centre of the Belgian capital Brussels.
Police have also released a photo of a man they wish to question. The unknown man, seen below dressed in white, is thought to be linked to this morning’s bombing. The identity of the two other men is unknown:
Confirmation that it was a terror attack. The Belgian federal prosecutor Fredere Van Leeuw has confirmed that the three explosions this morning were terror attacks. The Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, has also given a press conference, confirming that the attacks were carried out by a suicide bomber, and that there were 'many dead, many injured'. It is still unclear what the exact death toll is.
Separate attack on Metro, near an EU institution in city centre: A separate explosion has been reported at a Brussels metro stop near to the EU institutions between Schuman and Maalbeek Metro stations. 10 people are reported to have been killed in the attack.
The following AFP map shows where the attacks happened:
This, following the explosions at Brussels airport earlier this morning, suggests a coordinated set of terrorist attacks. The entire Metro system in Brussels has now been closed. Pictures and videos show people fleeing from the station.
Airport attack at Brussels. 13 people reported dead: At least thirteen people have died and around 35 people were injured after two explosions at Brussels airport in a suspected terror attack. Witnesses say that two loud blasts were heard and smoke was seen rising from the terminal. Some witnesses described seeing 'dismembered bodies everywhere' after the blasts. Photographs from inside the arrivals hall showed the floor was covered in fallen roof tiles and dust, as well as injured bodies:
The explosion is reported to have taken place at the American Airlines area of the departure hall at around 8am (7am GMT). The airport has now been closed and flights have been cancelled. Train services have been suspended. Passengers have been evacuated and taken to a secure area on coaches. The Belgium government has now put the country on the highest alert level.