Brussels: No South Africans killed or injured at this stage

2016-03-22 13:34
Belgian police secure the area in a Brussels neighbourhood after an anti-terror raid linked to last year's Paris attacks. (File, Thierry Monasse, AP)

Belgian police secure the area in a Brussels neighbourhood after an anti-terror raid linked to last year's Paris attacks. (File, Thierry Monasse, AP)

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2016-03-22 13:04

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Durban - The South African Embassy in Brussels is monitoring developments in the city after an apparent terrorist attack at the Zaventem Airport and at a Maelbeek Metro Station.

Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Nelson Kgwete said that at this stage, no South African citizens had been reported missing, dead, or injured.

“At this early stage we have had no reports of South African casualties but the embassy is keeping a monitor on the situation as it unfolds and they will report directly to Pretoria,” he said.  

Two bombs hit Brussels Airport's departure hall this morning at the American Airlines desk. At least 13 have reportedly died in that incident, while 35 were reported injured.

A third bomb went off at Maelbeek metro station near the EU building in the city. At least 10 people have reportedly died in that incident.

Belgian media have reported that one of the blasts in the airport was a suicide attack. The perpetrators reportedly shouted in Arabic and opened fire on people before the blasts went off.

All major transit routes, including bus, train and flights in and out of the city have been suspended.

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