Flights in and out of Brussels were canceled and security precautions were stepped up at travel hubs around Europe after a bombing in the Belgian capital’s airport.
“Arabic was shouted”
A British traveller has described the moment two explosions rocked Brussels airportamid fears of a targeted terror attack.
Journalist Alex Rossi had just checked his bags and was at a departure gate when the blasts occurred.
The Sky News Middle East correspondent told the news channel he believed he was “fairly close” to the explosions but he could not be sure.
He also added that there were fears of other attackers still loose in the building.
Mr Rossi, who was at the airport en route for Tel Aviv, told the channel: “I could feel the buildings move.”
The incident came as the Belgian capital was on a state of high alert following the arrest of Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week.
According to reports the incident centred on an American Airlines desk in a departure hall.
Belgian media were reporting several casualties.
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 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.”