A series of deadly terrorist attacks struck Brussels on Tuesday, with two explosions at the city’s main international airport and a third in a subway station near the headquarters complex of the European Union.
At least 11 people were killed at the airport, according to several news agencies, and the city’s transit agency said 15 were killed in the subway bombing. More than 130 others were reported wounded.
“We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened,” Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium said at a news conference. On Twitter, he urged the population “avoid all movement” as authorities braced for the possibility of more violence.
The attacks occurred four days after the capture of Europe’s most wanted man, Salah Abdeslam. He is the sole survivor of the 10 men believed to have been directly involved in the attacks that killed 130 people in and around Paris on Nov. 13.
French President Francois Hollande vowed to “relentlessly fight terrorism, both internationally and internally.” He added, “Through the Brussels attacks, it is the whole of Europe that is hit.”
The French government ordered 1,600 extra police officers to patrol the nation’s borders, including at train stations, airport and ports. The Eiffel Tower was to be lit with the colors of Belgium’s flag on Tuesday night.
Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain called an emergency meeting of minsters.
Since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, security experts have warned that Europe was likely to face additional attacks.
Belgium has a high population of citizens who have traveled to Iraq, Muslim communities that have helped shield jihadists, and security services that have had repeated problems conducting effective counterterrorism operations.