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At least 17 dead, dozens injured in Brussels airport explosions

March 22, 2016, 11:07 UTC+3 ZAVENTEM

Two explosions hit the departure hall of Brussels international airport

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ZAVENTEM, March 22. /TASS/. At least 17 people were killed in twin blasts at Zaventem airport near Brussels with dozens injured, according to fire brigade workers at the scene.

"At the moment there are 17 killed and dozens injured. The number of people with light injuries is difficult to assess. The ceiling in the departure hall where the blasts occurred fell down," the firemen said.

Brussels international airport Zaventem is located 11 km to the North-East of the capital. The airport's twitter account advises to avoid the area and informs flights have been cancelled as the evacuation is underway. Railway transport to the airport is also suspended.

Local media say the blasts happened at around 8 am local time.

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