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Dozens dead, injured in Brussels terrorist attacks

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Dozens dead, injured in Brussels terrorist attacks

Brussels is reeling Tuesday from three terrorist attacks that have claimed at least 34 lives.

Two explosions have been reported at Zaventem International Airport, killing at least 14 and injuring others. Another explosion occurred at the Maelbeek Train Station, killing at least 20 and injuring 55.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they used explosive belts and other devices along with guns. An anonymous source reported to CBC News that at least one Kalashnikov rifle was found. US officials have said they believe at least one bomb at the airport was a suitcase explosive, while Belgian authorities have said at least one was a suicide vest.

“What we feared has happened,” said Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, adding that authorities are worried there will be more attacks.

EU officials have been bracing for an attack for the past few weeks after being warned that ISIS was preparing to strike. The arrest of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam late last week heightened those fears.

Airport security was immediately tightened in other European cities, including London and Paris. Brussels residents were temporarily told to stay where they were, as trains and planes were shut down in and out of the city. Trains have now resumed service, but Belgium has raised their terror threat alert to its highest level.

The metro station that was struck is located in a district of Brussels where many European agencies are located, including the Council of the European Union. The explosions at the airport took place in the departures lounge.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau swiftly condemned the attack, saying “we stand with Belgium and the EU.” President Barack Obama spoke from Havana, saying “we must stand together” to defeat violence.

According to Global Affairs Canada, there are no reports of Canadians who have been affected by the attacks.

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