Scenes of chaos, destruction in the wake of Brussels bombing

  • Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (kneeling) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (standing behind) light candles at Bourse square in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016.
  • People hold up a banner as a mark of solidarity at the Place de la Bourse following today’s attacks on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. At least 31 people are thought to have been killed after Brussels airport and a Metro station were targeted by explosions. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels. 
  • People light candles at a memorial set up outside the stock exchange in Brussels, March 22, 2016.
  • People gather to leave tributes at the Place de la Bourse following today’s attacks on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.
  • A man reacts as people gather at a makeshift memorial at Place de la Bourse (Beursplein) following attacks in Brussels on March 22, 2016. 
  • Police officers patrol following the attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. 
  • Belgian special police forces take position in Zaventem following blasts at Brussels airport and a metro station on March 22, 2016. 
  • A policeman stand guard at Midi train station following bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. 
  • A plume of smoke rises over Brussels airport after the controlled explosion of a third device in Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport after a terrorist attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.
  • \Airport staff comfort each other as passengers are evacuated from Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport after a terrorist attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.
  • A victim receives first aid by rescuers, on March 22, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels.
  • 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.
  • People stand near Brussels airport after being evacuated following explosions that rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016.
  • People stand near Brussels airport after being evacuated following explosions that rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016.
  • People react as they walk away from Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. Explosions rocked the Brussels airport and the subway system Tuesday, just days after the main suspect in the November Paris attacks was arrested in the city, police said.
  • Police at the Rue de la Loi near the Metro attack on Maelbeek station in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016.
  • Broken glass and blood are seen beside signage outside an entrance to Maelbeek metro station following todays attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.
  • In this photo provided by EurActiv and photographed by Evan Lamos, passengers on the metro leave their carriages and walk along the tracks following an attack on the underground transport system in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. Scores of people are dead after explosions hit Brussels airport and the city’s Maelbeek metro station Tuesday morning. 
  • In this photo provided by Georgian Public Broadcaster and photographed by Ketevan Kardava two women wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard March 22, 2016. 

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A wave of terrorist bombings in Brussels on Tuesday rocked the city’s international airport and a subway station, killing at least 31 people in a chilling display of violence for which ISIS claimed responsibility.

The Belgian capital remained on lockdown as officials raised the terror threat level amid attempts to find and identify suspects, including at least two suicide bombers who detonated two of three suitcase bombs at the Brussels Airport, Belgium’s federal prosecutor said. The third did not explode and was destroyed by Belgian authorities.

The blast that ripped through a morning rush-hour subway car less than an hour after the airport attack forced riders to flee in darkened tunnels. Public transportation was shut down and locals were advised to stay indoors amid the mayhem, which saw scores wounded — including several Americans.

World leaders swiftly pledged solidarity with Belgium as the small European nation tried to make sense of the bloodshed.

“What we feared has happened,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told the nation. “In this time of tragedy, this black moment for our country, I appeal to everyone to remain calm but also to show solidarity.”

In the aftermath of the coordinated carnage, anti-terror raids were reported across the country, including one in the Brussels neighborhood of Schaerbeek, where Belgium’s federal prosecutor said an improvised explosive device with nails, chemical products and an ISIS flag were found.

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