At least 20 people are feared dead and many wounded after a suspected suicide bombing and explosions at Brussels Airport and a Metro station in the Belgian capital.

Brussels Airport

Witnesses said the airport blasts happened shortly before 8am local time (7am GMT) in the departure hall near the check-in desks for American Airlines and Brussels Airlines.

Little over an hour later, another explosion was reported at the Maalbeek (Maelbeek) station, near the European Council headquarters and other EU buildings. The capital’s entire public transport system was being shut down.

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Authorities have not released a statement confirming casualty figures but the VRT News quoted officials saying at least 13 had died and 35 were injured.

Police sources told VTM Nieuws 10 more people had been killed at Maalbeek Metro station but the toll has not been confirmed.

A Sky News journalist who was checking in at the time said he heard two very large explosions before being moved away from the area and that speculation of a terror attack was spreading.

Since the number of casualties cannot be ascertained at moment, the number of Sierra Leoneans who may have been involved is unclear. However, information from Brussels Airlines says that passengers who left ‪Sierra Leone‬ last night had arrived in Belgium before the explosions.

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The certainty that the passengers who left Sierra Leone last night might be casualties of the explosion is minimal. Yet, speculations are high after a Sierra Leonean Twitter user, Alpha Mansary posted a tweet to confirm his Father was is in Brussels airport departure lounge.

The airport, which was evacuated, has been closed to all departures and arrivals as investigations continue.

A spokesperson for Brussels Airport said: “There have been two explosions at the airport. Building is being evacuated. Don’t come to the airport area.

“All airport operations have been suspended until further notice. Passengers that are still located in other area’s in the airport are asked to remain calm and wait for further information.”

The cause of the reported blasts has not been confirmed and police could not immediately be reached for a comment. Sierraloaded is monitoring the situation