All passengers and wounded may have been evacuated from Brussels Airport, police and army are apparently still searching through the buildings. They are not certain all attackers have been found or left the airport buildings.
A controlled explosion took place around 14:00. According to some Belgian media it was a bomb belt. According to the media – but all unconfirmed – a Kalashnikov was also found next to the body of the suicide bomber.
The number of fatal casualties from the attack at Maalbeek metro station is expected to rise. Here over 100 people were wounded, many seriously. There are apparently also still people trapped in this station.
It was confirmed that people were not only wounded by glass. The bombs used were nail bombs. So the intent was definitely to maim as many innocent people as possible
Various official buildings were evacuated during the past hours. Not because of threats, but security and safety measures. Police still advise people to remain indoors.
House searches have started in various Brussels neighbourhoods. No surprise, as the person arrested last week was kept in hiding in a cellar by a distantly related family. Some journalists were told by people living near the address “You look the other way if you meet the person. Warning the police is simply not done here.”
Salah Abeslam and his lawyer are of course trying to get his expected sentence reduced by offering “inside” information. Too bad he did not offer to trade information about today’s disgusting attacks.