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Brussels attacks: Police release CCTV image of suspected airport bombers and man 'still being sought'

Isis claims responsibility for attack which killed at least 34 and wounded 200

By Jonny Bell

Isis has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks on Brussels as police release a CCTV image of three suspects.

At least 34 people have been killed and more than 200 injured after explosions at Brussels Airport and a city centre Meto station.

Two bombs exploded at Zaventem airport just after 7am on Tuesday.

It was reported that people ran toward the second blast moments after the initial explosion.

Around an hour later a bomb was set off at Maalbeek Metro.

Three of the alleged perpetrators of the Zaventem attack have been pictured in a still taken from airport CCTV footage. 

De Standaard reports that the two men to the left died in the suicide bomb attack, while the man in the white coat and hat s ‘still being sought’.

The two suspected bombers were both wearing black gloves on their left hands only. Security sources have said the gloves could have been worn to hide the triggers for explosives.

Bomb disposal experts also carried out a controlled explosion on another device in the city while an unexploded bomb belt was found in the airport.

Belgium officials have said at least one attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, while all blasts are being reported as terror attacks.

Belgium was effectively shutdown and people warned not to leave their homes or work after the attacks.

And 225 troops have been deployed in the city in the wake of explosions.

Brussels Airport will be closed on Wednesday, while some public transport restrictions have been eased.

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel said "what we feared has happened, we were hit by blind attacks".

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Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw is calling all three explosions in Brussels "terrorist attacks". He said "one attack was probably done by a suicide bomber".

"We are at war," French prime minister Manuel Valls said after a crisis meeting called by the French president. "We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war."

US president Barack Obama is pledging that the US will "do whatever is necessary" to help Belgium bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorist attacks that killed more than two dozen people at the airport and a subway station.

He said the US stands "in solidarity" with Belgium in condemning "these outrageous attacks against innocent people".

Mr Obama said the attacks are another reminder that "the world must unite" against the "scourge of terrorism".

Pope Francis has also condemned the "blind violence" of the Brussels attacks and has offered prayers for the victims, their families and emergency responders.

Francis's secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent a telegram of condolences to the archbishop of Brussels, Mons Jozef De Kesel.

A victim receives first aid by rescuers, on March 22, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
A victim receives first aid by rescuers, on March 22, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
An Italian police officer patrols with a dog at Rome's Fiumicino aiport on March 22, 2016 as security measures were reinforced in the wake of attacks in Brussels. European countries vowed to defend democracy against terrorism after blasts at Brussels airport and in the EU's institutional heart left at least 26 dead and dozens injured. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
The flags of Belgium and the European Union are seen flying on half mast reflected in the window of the Belgian embassy in Berlin on March 22, 2016. People left tributes to the victims outside the embassy after a series of apparently coordinated blasts ripped through Brussels airport and a train. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers patrol entrances to Rome's Fiumicino aiport on March 22, 2016, in the wake of the series of apparently coordinated explosions ripped through Brussels airport and a metro train, killing at least 26 people. Authorities in Europe have tightened security at airports, on subways, at the borders and on city streets after deadly attacks on the Brussels airport and its subway system. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
The Belgian and European Union flags fly at half mast outside the embassy of Belgium in London, Pic: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Travellers gather at Ryanair helping desk at Barcelona El Prat airport after the Brussels attacks, in Barcelona on March 22, 2016. Europe froze air and rail links to Brussels as the authorities tightened security in alarm over a series of deadly bomb blasts that ripped through the Belgian capital's airport and a city-centre metro station. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENAPAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
The departure board at Rome's Fiumicino aiport displays the cancellation of flights to Brussels on March 22, 2016, in the wake of the series of apparently coordinated explosions ripped through Brussels airport and a metro train, killing at least 26 people. Authorities in Europe have tightened security at airports, on subways, at the borders and on city streets after deadly attacks on the Brussels airport and its subway system. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
The Belgian and European Union flags fly at half mast outside the embassy of Belgium in London, in the wake of coordinated bomb attacks on the main airport and the Metro system in Brussels. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. The attacks, condemned as "blind, violent and cowardly" by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, came after the arrest in the city last week of terror mastermind Salah Abdeslam, who plotted November's Paris atrocity from the notorious Molenbeek suburb of Brussels. See PA story POLICE Brussels. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The Belgian and European Union flags fly at half mast outside the embassy of Belgium in London, in the wake of coordinated bomb attacks on the main airport and the Metro system in Brussels. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. The attacks, condemned as "blind, violent and cowardly" by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, came after the arrest in the city last week of terror mastermind Salah Abdeslam, who plotted November's Paris atrocity from the notorious Molenbeek suburb of Brussels. See PA story POLICE Brussels. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Travellers get informed at Ryanair helping desk at Barcelona El Prat airport after the Brussels attacks, in Barcelona on March 22, 2016. Europe froze air and rail links to Brussels as the authorities tightened security in alarm over a series of deadly bomb blasts that ripped through the Belgian capital's airport and a city-centre metro station. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENAPAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
A boy holds a placard expressing sympathy for the victims of the terror attacks in Brussels during a protest at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on March 22, 2016. Greece will not be able to start sending refugees back to Turkey from March 20, 2016, the government said, as the country struggles to implement a key deal aimed at easing Europe's migrant crisis. The numbers are daunting: officials said as of Saturday there were 47,500 migrants in Greece, including 8,200 on the islands and 10,500 massed at the Idomeni camp on the Macedonian border. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVICANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images
Travellers gather at Ryanair helping desk at Barcelona El Prat airport after the Brussels attacks, in Barcelona on March 22, 2016. Europe froze air and rail links to Brussels as the authorities tightened security in alarm over a series of deadly bomb blasts that ripped through the Belgian capital's airport and a city-centre metro station. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENAPAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
A wreath is layed on a table along flowers and a candle inside the Belgium embassy in Berlin on March 22, 2016 as the national and EU flag is reflected in the window. People left tributes to the victims outside the embassy after a series of apparently coordinated blasts ripped through Brussels airport and a train. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Policemem stand guard near a security perimeter set in the Rue de la Loi near the Maalbeek subway station, in Brussels, on March 22, 2016, after an explosion killed at least 11 people, according to spokesman of Brussels' fire brigade A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station on Tuesday, killing at least 13 people, according to media reports, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Policemen and soldiers stand guard near a security perimeter set in the Rue de la Loi near the Maalbeek subway station, in Brussels, on March 22, 2016, after an explosion killed at least 11 people, according to spokesman of Brussels' fire brigade A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station on Tuesday, killing at least 13 people, according to media reports, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
The blown out facade of the terminal is seen at Zaventem airport, one of the sites of two deadly attacks in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Authorities in Europe have tightened security at airports, on subways, at the borders and on city streets after the attacks Tuesday on the Brussels airport and its subway system. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
A pilot and cabin crew are evacuated from Zaventem Airport in Brussels by bus after an explosion on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. At least 26 people were reported dead. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
An Israeli airport security guard patrols with a dog in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. After the Brussels attacks, Israel briefly announced that all Israeli flights from Europe were canceled, then reinstated the flights, Israel Airports Authority spokesman Ofer Leffler said. Pini Schiff, former director of security at Ben-Gurion Airport, said the attack in the Brussels airport was a colossal failure of Belgian security, and he said the chances are very low that such a bombing could take place in Israels airport. Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport is considered among the most secure in the world, an outcome stemming from several Palestinian attacks on Israeli planes and travelers in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Police and rescue teams are pictured outside the metro station Maelbeek in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and its subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Travelers wait at the counter of Brussels airlines in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. After the Brussels attacks, Israel briefly announced that all Israeli flights from Europe were canceled, then reinstated the flights, Israel Airports Authority spokesman Ofer Leffler said. Pini Schiff, former director of security at Ben-Gurion Airport, said the attack in the Brussels airport was a colossal failure of Belgian security, and he said the chances are very low that such a bombing could take place in Israels airport. Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport is considered among the most secure in the world, an outcome stemming from several Palestinian attacks on Israeli planes and travelers in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Smoke billows from the Zaventem Airport after a controlled explosion in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Bombs struck the Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens of people, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
Police and rescue teams are pictured outside the metro station Maelbeek in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and its subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A man looks at flowers and a sign reading (Defy terror, protect freedom) outside the Belgium embassy in Berlin on March 22, 2016. People left tributes to the victims outside the embassy after a series of apparently coordinated blasts ripped through Brussels airport and a train. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
A Eurostar representative gives advice to a traveler after services were suspended on the Brussels Eurostar train route because of the attacks in Belgium, at St Pancras international railway station in London, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Police dog handlers speak to travelers as they patrol after Eurostar train services were suspended on the Brussels route because of the attacks in Belgium, at St Pancras international railway station in London, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Belgian police officers detain a man at the Gare du Midi train station in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and its subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
Rescue teams evacuate wounded people outside the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels on March 21, 2016 after a blast at this station located near the EU institutions. Belgian firefighters said at least 26 people had died after "enormous" blasts rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station today, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters arrive at the scene near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
A police officers sets security perimeter near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22: Crew and passengers are evacuated from Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport after terrorist attacks on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. At least 13 people are though to have been killed after Brussels airport was hit by two explosions whilst a Metro station was also targeted. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22: Crew and passengers are evacuated from Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport after terrorist attacks on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. At least 13 people are though to have been killed after Brussels airport was hit by two explosions whilst a Metro station was also targeted. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve gives a statement after a meeting with French Prime Minister, French Defence Minister and French President following Brussels attacks on March 22, 2016 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station on March 22, killing at least 21 people in apparently coordinated attacks, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve gives a statement after a meeting with French Prime Minister, French Defence Minister and French President following Brussels attacks on March 22, 2016 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station on March 22, killing at least 21 people in apparently coordinated attacks, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
A police officers sets a security perimeter near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Belgian servicemen and police officers block the road outside the Prime Minister's office where a meeting of the National Security Council is held, in Brussels, on March 22, 2016, after a string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station, killing at least 21 people, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. The blasts come days after the dramatic arrest in Brussels on March 18 of Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect in the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people in November, after four months on the run. / AFP PHOTO / Belga / James Arthur Gekiere / Belgium OUTJAMES ARTHUR GEKIERE/AFP/Getty Images
Policemen speak at a security perimeter near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve gives a statement after a meeting with French Prime Minister, French Defence Minister and French President following Brussels attacks on March 22, 2016 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station on March 22, killing at least 21 people in apparently coordinated attacks, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
First aid workers arrive atr Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve gives a statement after a meeting with French Prime Minister, French Defence Minister and French President following Brussels attacks on March 22, 2016 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station on March 22, killing at least 21 people in apparently coordinated attacks, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Belgian servicemen and police officers block the road outside the Prime Minister's office where a meeting of the National Security Council is held, in Brussels, on March 22, 2016, after a string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station, killing at least 21 people, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. The blasts come days after the dramatic arrest in Brussels on March 18 of Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect in the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people in November, after four months on the run. / AFP PHOTO / Belga / JAMES ARTHUR GEKIERE / Belgium OUTJAMES ARTHUR GEKIERE/AFP/Getty Images
First aid workers arrive atr Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Policemen stand guard at the entrance of a security perimeter set near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
An armed policeman secures the access to the terminal area of the Frankfurt Airport, on March 22, 2016, in Frankfurt, western Germany. The increased security comes in the wake of the explosions in Brussels, according to several media have claimed more lives. / AFP PHOTO / DPA / Boris Roessler / Germany OUTBORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images
Policemen stand guard at the entrance of a security perimeter set near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
An armed policeman secures the access to the terminal area of the Frankfurt Airport, on March 22, 2016, in Frankfurt, western Germany. The increased security comes in the wake of the explosions in Brussels, according to several media have claimed more lives. / AFP PHOTO / DPA / Boris Roessler / Germany OUTBORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers arrive at a security perimeter set near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
A police officers sets a security perimeter near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
A police officers sets a security perimeter near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers walk past as a group of travelers stand together, after services were suspended on the Brussels Eurostar train route because of the attacks in Belgium, at St Pancras international railway station in London, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing at least 13 people and injuring many more. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Passengers are evacuated from Brussels airport, on March 22, 2016 in Zaventem, after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers are evacuated from Brussels airport, on March 22, 2016 in Zaventem, after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers board a bus as they evacuate the Brussels Airport in Zaventem, on March 22, 2016, after a string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station, killing at least 21 people, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. The blasts come days after the dramatic arrest in Brussels on March 18 of Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect in the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people in November, after four months on the run. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY MONASSETHIERRY MONASSE/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers are evacuated from Brussels airport, on March 22, 2016 in Zaventem, after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers are evacuated from Brussels airport, on March 22, 2016 in Zaventem, after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers are evacuated from Brussels airport, on March 22, 2016 in Zaventem, after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers are evacuated from Brussels airport, on March 22, 2016 in Zaventem, after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters arrive at a security perimeter set near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers evacuate the Brussels Airport in Zaventem, on March 22, 2016, after a string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station, killing at least 21 people, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. The blasts come days after the dramatic arrest in Brussels on March 18 of Salah Abdeslam, the prime suspect in the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people in November, after four months on the run. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY MONASSETHIERRY MONASSE/AFP/Getty Images
Closed off road between Maelbeek station and Arts-Loi in Brussels. Pic: Shigeo Sugimoto/PA Wire
A victim receives first aid by rescuers, on March 22, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
A security perimeter has been set, on March 22, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
A picture shows damage to the facade of Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, on March 2016 after two explosions in the airport. Belgian firefighters said there were at least 21 dead after "enormous" blasts hit Brussels airport and the city's metro system. / AFP PHOTO / BELGA / DIRK WAEM / Belgium OUTDIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images
A victim receives first aid by rescuers, on March 22, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Policemen stand guard at the entrance of a security perimeter set near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Policemen stand guard at the entrance of a security perimeter set near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on March 22, 2016 shows a Belgian emergency vehicle driving past passengers evacuating the Brussels Airport of Zaventem, after a string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station, killing at least 21 people, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
A helicopter of the Belgian police flies above the area near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Policemen and soldier stand guard at the entrance of a security perimeter set near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on March 22, 2016 shows passengers waiting in a bus as they evacuate the Brussels Airport of Zaventem, after a string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station, killing at least 21 people, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Policemen stand guard at the entrance of a security perimeter set near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
The military police carries extra patrols at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, on March 22, 2016 in response to the attacks in the departure hall of Brussels Airport and at a Brussels metro station. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Evert Elzinga / Netherlands OUTEVERT ELZINGA/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on March 22, 2016 shows passengers boarding a bus as they evacuate the Brussels Airport of Zaventem, after a string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station, killing at least 21 people, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers gather, on March 22, 2016 near Brussels airport in Zaventem , following its evacuation after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on March 22, 2016 shows a Belgian police vehicle driving past passengers who are evacuating the Brussels Airport of Zaventem. Getty Images
In this photo provided by Georgian Public Broadcaster and photographed by Ketevan Kardava a man is wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (Ketevan Kardava/ Georgian Public Broadcaster via AP)
Two women wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium. Pic Ketevan Kardava/ Georgian Public Broadcaster via AP
Passengers are gathered near Brussels airport, on March 22, 2016 in Zaventem, following its evacuation after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Two passengers wait, on March 22, 2016 near Brussels airport in Zaventem , following its evacuation after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers leave with their luggages, on March 22, 2016 near Brussels airport in Zaventem , following its evacuation after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Belgium police officers block a street in Brussels on March 22, 2016 after an explosion occurred at a metro station. At least 13 people have been killed after two explosions occurred this morning in the departure hall of Brussels Airport. The Brussels metro stations have been evacuated after explosions at Schuiman and Maelbeek-Maalbeek. Government sources speak of a terrorist attack. The terrorist threat level has been heightened to four across the country. / AFP PHOTO / BELGA / PHILIPPE FRANCOIS / Belgium OUTPHILIPPE FRANCOIS/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers leave with their luggages, on March 22, 2016 near Brussels airport in Zaventem , following its evacuation after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
A passenger waits, on March 22, 2016 near Brussels airport in Zaventem , following its evacuation after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
A passenger waits, on March 22, 2016 near Brussels airport in Zaventem , following its evacuation after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers who were evacuated from the airport wait in Zaventem, on March 22, 2016, after a string of explosions rocked Brussels airport of Zaventem and a city metro station, killing at least 13 people, according to media reports, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. / AFP PHOTO / Belga / SEPPE KNAPEN / Belgium OUTSEPPE KNAPEN/AFP/Getty Images
Passsengers wait, on March 22, 2016 near Brussels airport in Zaventem , following its evacuation after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
This view taken on March 22, 2016 shows the broken glasses at Brussels Airport in Zaventem after a two explosions targeted the main hall. A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station today, killing at least 13 people, according to media reports, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. / AFP PHOTO / BELGA / JONAS ROOSENSJONAS ROOSENS/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on March 22, 2016 shows smoke rising from the Maalbeek underground, in Brussels, following a blast at the station close to the capital's European quarter. Pic Getty Images
Brussels airport. Pic Bart van Meele/PA Wire
People walk on a blocked highway near Zaventem, leading to Brussels National airport, on March 22, 2016 after two explosions rocked the main hall of Brussels Airport, killing at least one person and wounding several others, officials said. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY MONASSETHIERRY MONASSE/AFP/Getty Images
A photo shows cars on a blocked highway near Zaventem, leading to Brussels National airport, on March 22, 2016 after two explosions rocked the main hall of Brussels Airport, killing at least one person and wounding several others, officials said. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY MONASSETHIERRY MONASSE/AFP/Getty Images
A photo taken on March 22, 2016 shows Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, after two explosions rocked the main hall of the airport, killing at least one person and wounding several others. The Brussels metro service was being shut down on March 22, its operator said, following a blast at a station close to the capital's European quarter. / AFP PHOTO / BELGA / Belgium OUT/AFP/Getty Images
The scene at Brussels Airport. Pic Stephanie Vanhemelryck/PA Wire
The scene at Brussels Airport after two explosions were heard. Pic: Stephanie Vanhemelryck/PA Wire
The scene at Brussels Airport after two explosions were heard. Pic: Stephanie Vanhemelryck/PA Wire
The aftermath of this morning's explosions at Brussels airport. Pic: Jef Versele/PA Wire
The scene at Brussels Airport after. Pic @davidcrunelle/PA Wire
The scene at Brussels Airport after two explosions were heard. Pic: @davidcrunelle/PA Wire
The scene at Brussels Airport after two explosions were heard. Pic @davidcrunelle/PA Wire
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The aftermath of this morning's explosions at Brussels airport. Pic: Jef Versele/PA Wire
In this image provided by Daniela Schwarzer, smoke is seen at Brussels airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (Daniela Schwarzer via AP)
A photo shows cars on a blocked highway near Zaventem, Brussels National airport, on March 22, 2016 after two explosions rocked the main hall of Brussels Airport, killing at least one person and wounding several others, officials said. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY MONASSETHIERRY MONASSE/AFP/Getty Images
Salah Abdeslam

In it, Francis said he "condemns once again the blind violence that breeds so much suffering and implores the gift of peace from God" for all Belgians.

Downing Street has said one British national is known to have been injured in the bomb attack at Zaventem airport.

The Prime Minister promised full backing in a phone call with counterpart Charles Michel after chairing a 40-minute meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee to discuss the atrocity.

"We absolutely stand with them at this very difficult time," he said.

"These were attacks in Belgium. They could just as well be attacks in Britain or France or Germany or elsewhere in Europe and we need to stand together against these appalling terrorists and make sure they can never win.

"I have made sure that we have offered every support to the Belgian security and policing and intelligence forces at this time."

Britain was doing "everything we can to enhance our own security", with the police presence being reinforced at ports, airports, underground stations and international railway stations.

"These are difficult times, these are appalling terrorists. But we will stand together to do everything we can to stop them and to make sure that although they attack our way of life and attack us because of who we are, we will never let them win."

It has been reported shots were fired and Arabic shouted before the blasts were heard at the American Airlines check-in desk at Brussels Airport.

The Belgian capital has been on a state of high alert following the arrest of the Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week.

The blasts happened at the busiest time at the airport, which serves the city that is the capital of the 28-nation European Union. Nato also has its headquarters in the area.

Smoke was seen billowing out of the terminal after Tuesday morning's explosions.

Amateur video shown on France's i-Tele television showed passengers including a child with a backpack running out of the terminal in different directions, pulling their luggage.

Another image showed a security officer patrolling inside a hall with blasted panelling and what appeared to be ceiling insulation covering the floor.

Passengers were led on to the tarmac and the crisis centre urged people not to come to the airport.

Jef Versele, 40, from Ghent, Belgium, was at the airport when he heard the two explosions.

"I was on my way to check in and two bombs went off - two explosions," he said.

"I didn't see anything. Everything was coming down. Glassware. It was chaos it was unbelievable. It was the worst thing."

He added: "People were running away, there were lots of people on the ground. A lot of people are injured."

Mr Versele was two or three storeys above the source of the explosion but he said many people around him were hurt.

"The bomb was coming from downstairs. It was going up through the roof. It was big.

"About 15 windows were just blown out from the entrance hall", he added.

Security has been increased at London Gatwick following the explosions in Brussels.

An airport spokesman said the safety of passengers and staff was the "absolute priority".

He added: "As a result of the terrible incidents in Brussels we have increased our security presence and patrols around the airport."

Heathrow issued a statement which read: "In the light of events in Brussels airport we are working with the police at Heathrow who are providing a high visibility presence."

Footage from inside the building showed a scene of devastation with ceiling tiles strewn across the floor and suitcases abandoned.

Brussels Airport, which handles serving 23.5 million passengers per year, told users on Twitter: "There have been two explosions at the airport. Building is being evacuated. Don't come to the airport area.

The airport urged those passengers still in the building to remain calm.

Airport spokeswoman Anke Fransen said: "There were two blasts in the departure hall. The first aid team are in place for help."

Passengers were led onto the tarmac and travellers were urged to stay away from the airport.

Sky News Middle East correspondent Alex Rossi, who was at the airport en route for Tel Aviv, told the channel: "I could feel the buildings move."

According to reports the incident centred on an American Airlines desk in a departure hall.

Mr Rossi told Sky News people were "dazed and shocked".

"The word is definitely two explosions.

"The thinking here by everybody is that it is some kind of terrorist attack although that hasn't been verified by anyone here at the airport.

"No word too of casualties. Don't know how the explosion took place, the method if you like. But it certainly seems Brussels airport has been targeted in a terrorist attack.

"We are all being moved out of the airport now towards the emergency exit. There is a great deal of confusion here. Certainly there are a number of very upset, as you might imagine, very frightened people."

He added: "There are fears that there might be other attackers."

Mr Rossi, who had checked his luggage through the main baggage area and was at a departure gate, said he thought he was "fairly close" to the explosions but he could not be sure.

He told Sky News as he was being ushered out of the airport along with other passengers: "We felt the walls of the building rock. Dust came down from the ceiling.

"I think it was a very big explosion - hardly surprising the windows are blown out.

"I would expect if there were people around when those explosions happened - we heard two explosions - there will be a number of casualties."

Abdeslam, suspected as a planner in the attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, was arrested on Friday after a four-month manhunt, in the same neighbourhood in Brussels where he grew up.

But the Belgian authorities fear he had accomplices while on the run who are still at large and could pose a threat.

Belgian prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw told reporters at a news conference in Brussels on Monday: "(It's clear) we have a general threat."

Abdeslam, 26, a French citizen who grew up in Brussels' Molenbeek neighbourhood, slipped through police fingers on several occasions, including the day after the attacks.

He was interviewed three times on Saturday, the day after his capture - once by prosecutors and twice by an investigating judge - and "wasn't in great shape" because he had been shot in the leg by police during his capture, Mr Van Leeuw said.

Belgian prosecutors appealed to the public on Monday for information about a man who allegedly travelled to Hungary last year with Abdeslam.

Najim Laachraoui, 24, is said to have travelled to Syria in February 2013. He was checked by guards at the Austria-Hungary border while driving in a Mercedes with Abdeslam and one other person.

Laachraoui is said to have rented a house under the name of Soufiane Kayal in the Belgian town of Auvelais that was allegedly used as a safe house. Prosecutors said traces of his DNA were found there.

Abdeslam has a court hearing on Wednesday. France has requested his extradition but Abdeslam's lawyer says his client will fight the request.

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