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At least 13 people killed, 35 more injured in Brussels airport explosions

Published:Tuesday | March 22, 2016 | 3:17 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — At least 13 people have been killed and 35 others injured in a series of explosions at the Brussels airport and metro station. There were chaotic scenes as passengers ran for safety and emergency personnel rushed in to help. See the timeline below how it happened (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

Zach Mouzoun, who arrived on a flight from Geneva about 10 minutes before the first blast, told France's BFM television that the second louder explosion brought down ceilings and ruptured pipes, mixing water with blood from victims.

"It was atrocious. The ceilings collapsed," he said. "There was blood everywhere, injured people, bags everywhere. We were walking in the debris. It was a war scene,"

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9:40 a.m.

An Associated Press reporter saw several people with facial injuries following an explosion in a Brussels metro station near European Union headquarters. At least two people were seen being moved on stretchers.

Alexandre Brans, 32, who was wiping blood from his face, said: "The metro was leaving Maelbeek station when there was a really loud explosion. It was panic everywhere. There were a lot of people in the metro."

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8:55 a.m.

Police say that at least one person was killed when two explosions ripped through the departure hall at Brussels airport.

"One person has died and perhaps there are several more," said a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the situation was developing.

The official urged people to stay away from the airport.

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8:30 a.m.

Two explosions ripped through Brussels airport Tuesday during the morning rush hour as hundreds of passengers were trying to check in. Airport authorities said the explosions caused several injuries.

Airport spokeswoman Anke Fransen said: "There were two blasts in the departure hall. First aid team are in place for help."

Passengers were led onto the tarmac and the crisis center urged people not to come to the airport.

The explosions happened only days after the prime suspect in the Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam was arrested in Brussels.