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Brussels, Belgium, Bombing Victims

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Brussels, Belgium, Bombing Victims

Nearly three dozen people perished Tuesday morning in three explosions in Brussels, according to Belgium news sources.

Two of the blasts took place at Brussels' Zaventem Airport at around 8 a.m. Tuesday, creating panic among passengers and causing heavy damage, Belgium media reported.

One or both of the airport explosions rocked the departure area near an American Airlines check-in counter.

A third explosion followed at the Maelbeek subway station elsewhere in Brussels. This explosion prompted authorities to raise the country's terror-threat level to 4, the maximum. All modes of public transportation were halted in the aftermath.

"The Crisis Center advises you to stay where you are (at home, at the office, at school …) and not to call," but focus instead on communications via text messages or posting on social media, the Belgium government wrote in a Facebook post.

“We are following the situation minute by minute,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted just before news outlets reported the subway explosion. “The absolute priority goes to the victims and to people present at the airport.”

The “possibility of an attack is being investigated,” the Belgian government said in a statement, which also said that the country's top security authorities would meet later in the day.

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