Multiple blasts rock Brussels, dozens killed (UPDATING 12)

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 22

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The latest on Brussels airport and metro blasts:

17:45 (GMT +4) Belgium's Tihange nuclear power plant was evacuated of non-essential staff at the the request of the authorities, Sky News reports

17:09 (GMT +4) Attacks in Brussels have lead to the deaths of 34 people in total, Reuters reports citing Belgian public broadcaster VRT. 20 people were killed in the blast on a metro train while another 14 died in explosions at Zaventem airport.

16:00 (GMT +4) Associated Press reports that the explosions at the Brussels airport and subway killed at least 28 people.

"A spokesman for the Brussels Metro said 15 people were killed and 55 injured in an explosion on a train, and Belgian media reported at least 13 dead in two explosions at the airport, with many others injured," AP has said.

Belgium raised its terror alert to the highest level, diverting planes and trains and ordering people to stay where they were.

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14:43 (GMT +4) Eleven people died in the twin blasts at Brussels airport, and at least 10 were killed at the metro station explosion, Sky News has reported citing Brussels fire brigade spokesman Pierre Meys.

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13:37 (GMT +4) The blasts at the Brussels airport have killed up to 13 people and injured 35, Sky News reports citing Belgian public broadcaster VRT.

"Reports suggested there were fatalities in the underground blast too which injured several people," said Sky News.

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13:14 (GMT +4) At least 13 people have reportedly been killed and dozens injured after two explosions at Brussels' Zaventem Airport in an apparent suicide attack, Sky News reports.

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12:59 (GMT +4) Another blast at a subway station occurred in the suburb of Maelbeek, CNN reports citing its affiliate RTL.

All metro stations in the city have been closed, according to the official Twitter account for the city's transportation agency.

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12:49 (GMT +4) The blasts at the Brussels airport killed up to 10 people and injured 30 others, reports Reuters.

Another blast struck a metro station in the capital shortly afterwards, the report cited the Belgian public broadcaster RTBF.

RTBF said the metro station hit by the explosion was close to European Union institutions.

Authorities closed all metro stations in Brussels, but there were no details immediately available of any casualties in this second incident of the day.

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12:37 (GMT +4) At least 10 people have been killed and several injured after the two explosions at Zaventem Airport in Brussels, Sky News has reported.

Sky News has also said that there were fresh reports of an explosion at Maalbeek metro station in the city.

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12:22 (GMT +4) Associated Press reports citing Belgian police that at least one person was killed in the explosions at the Brussels airport.

"One person has died and perhaps there are several more," AP cited a police official as saying.

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12:05 (GMT+4) Sky News reports that the blasts centred on an American Airlines desk in a departure hall.

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11:53 (GMT+4) The explosion rocked the check-in zone of Brussels Airport, killing "several" people and leaving multiple others wounded, NBC News has reported citing officials.

The blast shook the departures hall shortly after 08:00 local time, according to the report.

"There was an explosion ... there are several dead and wounded but we can't say how many at this point," a federal police spokesman said.

A security source told NBC News the explosion happened near check-in desk four but it was not immediately clear if terrorism was involved.

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11:46 (GMT +4) Several people were injured at the departure hall of the Brussels airport, said Sputnik International.

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11:30 (GMT +4) Twin explosions have been heard at the Zaventem airport in Brussels, Belgium, reports Sputnik International. The cause of the explosions is so far unknown.

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