Terror Attack In Belgium Airport, Metro Station, Kills 34

Explosions rocked Zaventem Airport and the Maalbeek metro station.

A surprise terror attack in Belgium has killed at least 34 people and wounded 130 more, just days after Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam was apprehended in the country.

A picture taken on March 22, 2016 shows damage to the front of Brussels airport in Zaventem.  Two explosions in the departure hall of Brussels Airport this morning took the lives of 14 people, 81 got injured. Another explosion happened in the Maelbeek - Maalbeek subway station, Brussels' public transport company STIB-MIVB has confirmed 15 deaths and 70 injured people. Government sources speak of a terrorist attack. The terrorist threat level has been heightened to four across the country. / AFP / BELGA AND Belga / DIRK WAEM / Belgium OUT        (Photo credit should read DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images)
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Early Tuesday morning, two explosions tore through Zaventem airport, killing more than a dozen people. An hour later, another explosion in the Maalbeek metro station claimed another 13 lives at least, say authorities.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22:  Alert Level Orange sign is seen on an EU Commission building following todays attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. At least 34 people are thought to have been killed after Brussels airport and a Metro station were targeted by explosions. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini fought back tears at a press conference in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

“It’s also a very sad day for Europe—as Europe and its capital are suffering the same pain that this region has known and knows every single day, be it in Syria [or elsewhere.]”

Hearses are parked outside Brussels Airport in Zaventem following twin blasts on March 22, 2016. A series of apparently coordinated explosions ripped through Brussels airport and a metro train, killing at least 26 people in the latest attacks to target Europe. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS / AFP / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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In a statement, President Obama said the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium.

“This is yet another reminder that the world must unite, regardless of nationality, or race, or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism,” the President said from Cuba, where he is making a historic visit.

On Saturday, a suicide bomber struck central Istanbul, killing at least four people. Authorities say the suspect is a Turkish citizen with ties to ISIS. Just this year, the same part of Istanbul was hit by another bomber, who killed 12 German tourists, and a car bomb went off in Ankara near the parliament building, taking 28 lives and wounding 61 more.

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