ISIS has threatened to hit the UK ‘harder and more bitter’ after claiming responsibility for the Brussels bombings today.
At least 34 people have been killed and many more have been left injured after a series of bombs in blasted inside an airport terminal and Metro station in the space of 79 minutes.
The explosions come just a day after the Belgium Interior Minister warned of possible revenge attacks after the arrest of Paris massacre suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week.
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Pictured are the chaotic scenes at Brussels Airport after two explosions inside the terminal earlier today
Armed British police officers stand on duty outside the entrance to the Houses of Parliament in London today
Passengers wait at the entrance to the Eurostar at St Pancras Station in London. Journeys to Brussels were disrupted and terminated in Lille in France after this morning’s terrorist attacks
A soldier walks through debris after two explosion rocked a terminal building at Brussels Airport
A person is carried to safety as troops helped the injured and secured the area after the explosions in the terminal building
And through the terrorist group’s official Telegram account, a statement read: ‘We promise to the states that are allied against the Islamic State that they will face dark days in return for their aggression against our state.
‘And what will await you will become harder and more bitter through the grace of Allah.
‘In praise of Allah who has made our blows precise and helped us succeed. we demand for him to accept our brothers among the martyrs.’
A major manhunt is underway for an ISIS suspect in a white coat and black hat who fled Brussels Airport after the two explosions ripped through the terminal in a suicide bomb attack this morning, killing 14 people and injuring dozens of others.
Police issued a wanted notice for the man who was seen on CCTV pushing a luggage trolley through the check-in area with two other suspects minutes before the blasts.
His alleged accomplices were wearing black gloves on their left hands, which security sources say would have hidden the triggers for their explosive vests.
The two men blew themselves up while the third suspect is believed to have left a nail bomb and fled, according to De Standaard.
It is not known if the fugitive then sped to Maelbeek station to carry out the blast that killed 20 people in a subway train just 79 minutes later.
Terrified passengers at Brussels Airport have told how there ‘just blood’ everywhere and likened scenes after the bomb blast to the ‘apocalypse’
Around 90 minutes later, 10 were killed when an explosion hit a Metro station near the EU headquarters in the city centre in another suspected terror attack
Carnage: At least eleven people have died and several injured after two explosions rocked Brussels Airport in a suspected terror attack
Alphonse Youla (pictured), who was working on a stand putting security wrapping around suitcases, said he heard ‘a man shout some Arabic words then an explosion’
Alphonse Youla, who was working on a stand at the airport putting security wrapping around suitcases, said: ‘I heard a man shout some Arabic words then an explosion.. then a second explosion, a massive explosion, much bigger.
‘It was a horror. I saw at least seven people dead. There was blood. People had lost legs. You could see their bodies but no legs.’
Belgian Prosecutor Eric van der Sypt confirmed two bombers died at Brussels airport and said a third is being ‘actively’ sought. Raids are currently being carried out across the country.
Anti-police terror police swooped on a number of suspects in the hours after the attacks as the Belgian Foreign Ministry said many of those behind the terror plot are ‘still at large’.
Witnesses described horrific scenes inside the terminal in the wake of the suspected suicide blast
Two blasts detonated near check-in desks at Brussels Airport at 8am (7am GMT) in a suspected suicide bombing
The ISIS (file photo) statement described how its ‘soldiers’ allegedly carried out the attacks this morning
At least two people in Brussels were arrested outside the city’s North railway station, a mile from the Maelbeek subway.
A third suspect has been arrested on a train near Amsterdam and a suspect package at Gard du Nord in Paris delayed Eurostar services this afternoon.
Another man was also taken into custody at by armed police at Brussels South railway station near the suburb of Schaerbeek.
MailOnline revealed earlier today that security services already had CCTV of one of the Brussels airport bombers including the moment he detonated his suicide belt.
TERROR TIME LINE: THREE BOMB BLASTS IN BRUSSELS IN JUST 79 MINUTES
8am: Shots heard at Zaventem international airport before someone shouted in Arabic and two explosions rocked the departure hall
8am onwards: Terrified passengers seen streaming out of the terminal while flights are diverted
8.30am: Witnesses describe blasts so powerful victims were thrown in to the air, Airport is closed
9.19am: A third bomb blast rips through Maalbeek Metro station killing 20 more people
9.30am: Belgium moves to its highest level of terror alert
10am: The European Commission tells staff to stay home or in their offices
10.30am: The crisis centre asks residents to stay put, and all public transport systems close down
10.30am: Security reinforced in airports, train stations and public transport systems in Paris while airports in Frankfurt, London, Moscow and the Netherlands
11am: Two suspects arrested one mile away from Metro Station blast
11.15am: Police and soldiers reinforce security around Belgium’s nuclear power plants.
12pm: A Kalashnikov and unexploded suicide bomb vest are found in the rubble at the airport
12pm: Belgian prosecutors confirm that the three explosions were terror attacks
1.50pm: Dutch Police stop international train from Brussels to Amsterdam at a station just one stop from Holland’s Schiphol Airport as a precaution and search the train and its passengers
3pm: Belgian TV station reports at least one of the bombs at the Brussels airport contained nails
4.40pm: ISIS ISIS group claimed responsibility for the attacks in Brussels
Passengers and airport staff are evacuated from the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport in Zaventem near Brussels
The ISIS statement described how its ‘soldiers’ allegedly carried out the attacks this morning.
It addded: ‘By the grace of Allah and his goodness, a secret cell of soldiers of the caliphate, which Allah gave power and victory, has launched an attack in the direction of Belgium which has not ceased to combat Islam and Muslims.
‘Allah has thus given victory to the hands of our brothers and thrown fear and terror in the hearts of our enemies, in the middle of their land.
‘In effect, a number of soldiers of the caliphate wearing explosive belts bombs and military guns and choosing their targets with precision in the Belgian capital Brussels, have launched attacks inside the Zaventem airport and a metro station to kill a largue number of our enemies.
‘They then detonated their suicide belts in the middle of the crowds. the death toll has risen to 40 dead and at least 210 injured among the citizens of the crusader states.’