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Brussels bombings: Death toll climbs

Belgium broadcaster VRT is reporting that the death toll from the terror attacks has risen to over 30.

A security perimeter has been set, on 22 March, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Local Belgium broadcaster VRT is reporting that the death toll from this morning's terror attacks has now risen to over 30.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at Brussels airport killing several people and a further blast tore through a rush-hour Metro train in the capital shortly afterwards, claiming nearly a dozen lives, according to VRT.

Over 130 people are believed to have been injured in the blasts.

Police discovered a non-exploded bomb belt at the airport, VTM added.

The bomb squad has arrived to detonate the explosive.

It's also investigating a suspect package found at the airport but no further information has been divulged.

Earlier, Belgium's federal prosecutor confirmed the explosions were carried out by a suicide bomber.

House searches are being carried out and public transport has been shut down in the city after the deadly twin bombings on the capital's airport and a Metro train.

Security alerts have been triggered across Europe and world leaders have pledged support for Belgium.

The Syrian government is the latest to condemn the attacks, saying they're the result of wrong policies on terrorism.

On home soil, the Department of International Relations, says there are no immediate reports of South Africans affected and all staff at the South African embassy are accounted for.

Flights from South African to Brussels have been cancelled and its understood connecting flights are also affected.

AIRPORT EXPLOSIONS

Explosions tore through the departure hall of Brussels Airport on Tuesday morning causing multiple deaths and injuring many.

The agency said shots were fired and there were shouts in Arabic shortly before the explosions.

Some reports claim the explosions happened near the American Airlines desk.

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MAELBEEK EXPLOSION

Minutes later, another explosion rocked Brussels, this time at the Maelbeek Metro Station close to European Union (EU) institutions.

Reports claim multiple people also died and many more were injured.

Belgian authorities shut down all Metro stations in and around Brussels and the Interior Ministry lifted the terror threat to the highest level.

To get rolling updates on the bombings, follow EWN's live blog here.

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