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Terror strikes in the heart of Belgium.

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At least 31 people are dead and dozens more injured in a series

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Two blasts ripped through the city's airport soon after eight

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This was the scene in the departure hall just moments afterwards.

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I heard a gunshot and what sounded like Arabic, then I heard boom,

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An hour later at least 20 people were killed when a third bomb went

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off on an underground train during the rush hour.

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Are these the men responsible for the carnage?

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The Belgian authorities are hunting the man wearing a hat on the right

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The other two are thought to have blown themselves up.

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Belgian's Prime Minister says it's a "black moment" for his country,

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as the so-called Islamic State claims responsibility.

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President Obama and the British Prime Minister are among world

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These were attacks in Belgium, they could just be attacks,

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just as well be attacks in Britain, or France or Germany

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In Paris tonight the Eiffel Tower is lit up in the colours

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of the Belgian flag, while in Rome, the Trevi Fountain is also shining

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in red, yellow and black, in solidarity with the victims.

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Good evening, I am here live outside Brussels International Airport Wales

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Today's attacks began with two explosions killing at least 11

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people and injuring dozens of others. Then about an hour later

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there was an attack on the Brussels metal at the heart of the city.

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Tonight there is a series of police raids in operation in Brussels as

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police and security forces try to find accomplices of those who

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carried out today's attacks. The king of Belgium has just been

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speaking and we will bring you that in just a moment. Let's first recap

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the day's events as we have them. They were a series of bomb attacks

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in Brussels today and they began at Brussels airport this morning at

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around 8am local time. A very busy time at the airport and at least 11

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people dry, one explosion and then others ran from that explosion

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towards the exits and there was a second explosion killing many

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others. Then around an hour later there was a explosion on the

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Brussels Metro at the heart of the city. It was rush-hour and at least

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20 people were killed and many others injured. The devastating

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attacks today have come just four days after the arrest of 26 she

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ruled Salah Abdeslam, the man wanted in connection with the Paris terror

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attacks that left many dead and it is. Today's -- today's attacks could

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be a response to the arrest, or even fears among his accomplices that the

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police services may be onto him. Let's hear no from the King of

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Belgium who has been talking to his people and a special address.

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For each one of us, 22nd March will no longer be a day

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The broken lives, the deep wounds, our whole country bears this

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The Queen and I share your pain - you, who have lost someone

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close to you, or who have been

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injured by the cowardly and despicable attacks today.

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We give our support to the members of the emergency

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Our gratitude also goes to all those who offer their help spontaneously.

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As for the threat we face, we will continue to respond together

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That was the king of Belgium talking to his people a short time ago and

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we also heard from the Belgian Prime Minister who said today's backpacks

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were violent and cowardly. He said this was a black day for Belgium and

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Barack Obama has condemned the attacks as cowardly and odious. The

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security threat level has been raised even further from the levels

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of the yet was previously. There had been a series of police raids

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throughout the day in response to what happened and also the police

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have issued an arrest notice for one of the men seen on CCTV footage

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entering the airport building early today pushing trolleys. One of those

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men is believed to have survived and the other two have blown themselves

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up and dry but one is not to be on the run. Let's get a report on the

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day's horrific events. When a shaky voice tries to sound

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reassuring. When a shaky voice tries to sound

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reassuring, crying out from clouds of smoke that it is OK,

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out of the debris of devastation, Seconds before this mobile phone

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footage was filmed, these suitcases were in the firm grasp of crowds

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of travellers, queueing A busy morning for businessmen

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and women and families setting off This evening Belgian police released

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this from an airport CCTV camera. This man is a key suspect, they

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said. Just past 8am, they set

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of twin explosions here. At least one of them was detonated

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by a suicide bomber, Watch this father grab his infant

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before running for cover. Bags and belongings no longer

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held any importance, just their nearest and dearest

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and their own lives. And then there were

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the selfless and the brave. This man is a baggage handler

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at Brussels airport. TRANSLATION: I heard a gunshot

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and what sounded like Arabic. Then I heard, boom,

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an enormous explosion. Afterwards, people ran

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to the lift of the escalators. Two old people who came

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towards me, I saved them. I put them in the lift

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but they did not want to let I could not take them with me,

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there were too many people there. An incident has just

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occurred on the line... While he was saving lives,

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elsewhere in the city, another group of bombers

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was trying to take them. A nightmare come true

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for every train traveller. People here were in between Metro

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stops when a bomb went off Panicked survivors had

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to pick their way Only once they had clambered back

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to daylight did the horror I saw an explosion,

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a flash of light. The windows came in,

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the doors opened, and everybody The dazed and the injured

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covered the pavements here, usually trodden by stiffly

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dressed civil stunts. This bombing took place

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near European Union headquarters, minutes from the

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European Parliament. Brussels has turned into a city

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of sirens and a centre of fear. Unconfirmed reports

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of casualties there are Questions for Belgium's security

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apparatus, supposedly on high alert after perpetrators of last

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year's Paris attacks So-called Islamic State says it

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masterminded the attacks The presumed message

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from the bombers today - no-one is safe, not here,

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not anywhere in Europe. TRANSLATION: In this black

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moment for our country, now, more than ever,

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I call on everyone to show TRANSLATION: This attack has struck

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Belgium, but it was Europe We have to realise the gravity

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of this terrorist attack. Belgians are in no doubt

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as to the gravity of Similar to Paris, after the attacks

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there, people here in Brussels are determined not to give

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into terror, they say. When we found out about the news,

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our children were already at school. When they are not with you,

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you really are scared, especially as the attack

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was near our school. It was the airport and then

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the Metro and you do not I think people are ready

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for extreme measures, what ever it takes

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to keep people safe. This man told me he would walk

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everywhere from now on, He blamed the Belgian

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state for today's attack, for lack of intelligence, he said,

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and decisive action. As messages of support came

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in from around the world, the people of Brussels are gathering

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in the city centre this evening to show solidarity, support one

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another and pray for better times. we are here at Brussels

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International Airport being kept away, a crime scene with the huge

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investigation going underway with a big forensic search underway for any

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clues. It is thought that two of the three people seen entering the

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airport have been killed and a third is now on the run. Let's show you

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know the latest life pictures from Brussels city centre from Maelbeek

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station where so many people dry. At least 20 it

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station where so many people dry. At As many as 106 injured, many of them

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seriously. The airport death toll is thought to be 11 with 81 entered, so

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around about 200 injured altogether and today's attacks and 31 at least

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killed. You can see you're the scene, this is really a virtual and

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as was said, an opportunity for the people of Brussels to save the want

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to show solidarity and kill the terrorists just as after Paris they

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cannot wind, even if they strike at the very heart of Europe and of

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Belgium as it was today. Our correspondent Stephen Sackur

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is in Brussels city centre. He was actually in the city centre

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this morning when that attack on the Underground station happened. That

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is right, I wasn't very close because I was actually attending a

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conference just a short distance away, and it was extraordinary to

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see what happened, people on the smartphones got social media

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messages saying that had been a bomb attack and then a second attack, the

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room was filled with tension and consternation and as he went on to

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lock down it was quite a high-level meeting. The building was cloud off

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and surrounded by armed police and a few soldiers as well and for several

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hours nobody could get in or get out and there was just one indication of

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what has been happening in this city today. It has been a day of terror

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and chaos and heartache as has become clear that so many people,

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believed to be 31 but possibly higher, lost their lives. One at the

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airport and the one just a few hundred metres from where I am

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talking to you now in the Maelbeek Metro station. It is a very strange

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neighbourhood because it is full of official buildings but there is also

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a neighbourhood were the a lot of people who live in rather nice

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terraced houses, a very quiet neighbourhood. One of them who lives

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here I am going to introduce to you know, you are British citizen but

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you have lived in Brussels for the last 20 years. You happen to be very

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close to the scene of the Maelbeek bomb. Just tell me what you

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experienced. I left the square two minutes away from the Maelbeek

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station, it has three entrances. I came out of my house at about five

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past nine and I didn't hear an explosion but I could smell smoke.

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Immediately two police cars were racing by and the speed at which

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they were moving I knew they were responding something and as I was

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walking towards the station, I saw people streaming away from the

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station. Panic stricken. On their phones, text thing and running in

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disbelief and panic. Could you see any signs of injuries are

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casualties? There are only few people who came out not seriously

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quite bloody, one woman, her face was cut and they were in their 40s

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or 50s, very upset. Someone stopped a card on the road, a complete

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stranger, and asked to take her to the hospital and he obliged. The

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emergency services were just arriving. I am just wondering if you

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are able to stay long enough to see how quickly the security services,

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who have been on high alert, how quickly did they respond? They

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responded quickly. The place was locked down and I would say within

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ten minutes it was completely cordoned off. They work, and those

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in balaclavas and ambulances and police so they were pretty quick. I

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am interested to know how you have been feeling over the last few weeks

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because there has been so much focus on Brussels and we now know there

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has been some sort of network of activists, terrorists, who are based

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in Brussels, and so much security activity including Belgian and

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French forces in the city over the last few weeks, the bigger nest last

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Friday and now this. Have you been feeling apprehensive? Brussels is

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generally a very peaceful place. Anxiety is in everyone's mind at the

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moment, because you are kind of expecting something to happen, and

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with these terrorists being in Maelbeek apparently you felt

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something would happen and that it would happen it would happen in the

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European area, so there has been a certain amount of caution and

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anxiety. We have to leave it there but thank you for joining us. Really

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a very sad day for the people of this country. On that sombre note I

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will hand back to you at the airport.

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Thank you. I was here on Friday when Salah Abdeslam was arrested and it

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was interesting to see armed troops patrolling the streets of Brussels

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as they have been doing for weeks ever since the Palace attacks, so

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there was already a heightened sense of security around the city, and

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people were always fearful there would be an attack like the one we

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have seen today, but desperately hoping it wouldn't happen but today

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all the worst fears came true. It started here at Brussels

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International Airport, a really busy time of the day and people were

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coming in and going to check in for various flights around Europe, and

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there was an explosion and many of them ran towards the exit and then

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there was a second even bigger explosion and at least 11 we gather

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were killed. The suspects it is believed were seen entering the

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terminal building, two of them were killed and one may be on the run.

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Let's get this report from Ben Wright.

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They arrived here for holidays and work.

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As the shattered airport billowed smoke a survivors described

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Yes, I was, because we were in the one with all the glass

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So you saw glass falling down, and people were like

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You do not know where to run, so you go on the ground.

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The man who was with me was like looking, what is happening?

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All morning we saw fire crews and ambulances and the police coming

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Some of the injured were bussed away for treatment.

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It is about three hours after the explosions

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Emergency vehicles continue to go towards the terminal.

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There is a constant stream of people coming the other way,

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pulling bags - holiday-makers, commuters, airport workers,

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who had a Tuesday morning up-ended in terror and chaos.

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Can you tell me where you werewhat did you see?

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I had a dog and because of my dog, they said to me, go

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And there we were when it exploded behind us.

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If we were at the check-in, we exploded, too.

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Also at the airport were a basketball team from Antwerp

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You think it happens only in other countries but now it is in Belgium.

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We have to make the best of it and just stay calm,

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This woman and her family were heading to Venice for a cruise.

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Although suffering minor injuries, she is just relieved to be alive.

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planned to be far from here sat with their bags,

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As we were hearing earlier, the attack at the Metro station very

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close to European rain institutions. These attacks mark another low by

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the terrorists in the service of hatred and violence.

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Well, Dr Stephen Wright joins us down the line from our Leeds studio.

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He's an expert in commercial aviation at the University of Leeds.

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Thank you for being with us. Is there anything that airports like

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Brussels International Airport and other airports around the world can

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do to prevent an attack like this, a terrorists simply walking into the

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Department journey the up and setting off bombs. That is the $64

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million question, can we prevent this? The issue is that level of

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protection is driven by intelligence and the fact to events have

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transpired within 40 minutes of each other suggests that in this

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occurrence, intelligence just isn't there and it has not been possible

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for security services to offer that level of protection that perhaps we

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in the UK are more accustomed to. Would it have helped, some

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in the UK are more accustomed to. UC scanners and body checks before

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people go in. Is that a possibility that European airports should be

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considering? That is an interesting question. The problem I suspect is

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the European model was to have centralised transport hub so one

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would expect to more than European airports to have trains, buses,

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pedestrian access, car parking, and if you're going to start screening

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absolutely everybody that is going to enter, weird as the screening

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likely to take place? It doesn't quite fit the standard model, and I

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know it exists in other parts of the world but they don't have an

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international train station immediately underneath a brand-new

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terminal, so I do not think that is likely. In other words, there could

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be more attacks like today's attacks at airports anywhere in Europe or

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around the world? Potentially, that is always the less, but the risk is

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mitigated by heightened levels of security such as plainclothes

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officers, armed officers, the deployment of troops. These would-be

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items that perhaps we wouldn't naturally want to advertise but

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would the risk to a more acceptable level. This thank you for being with

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us, an aviation expert talking to us from Leeds. Let's bring you

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up-to-date with the latest information we have, if you are just

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joining us. In terms of the attack at the airport where I am, the death

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toll currently standing at 11 with some 81 injured and there were two

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explosions here, a third device was also found and made safe afterwords,

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a Kalashnikov rifle, and that Maelbeek station, 20 dead at least

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and 106 injured, so a deadly and horrific day at the heart of Europe

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in Brussels.

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