French officials are condemning the Brussels attacks in the strongest terms.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls, speaking after a crisis meeting called by the French president, says "we are at war. We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war."
President Francois Hollande says "terrorists struck Brussels but it was Europe that was targeted - and all the world that is concerned."
Hollande also warned that "this war will be long.”
Paris says it will light the Eiffel Tower in the colours of the Belgian flag. The city's mayor, Anne Hidalgo, described it in a tweet as a measure of "solidarity with Brussels." (AP)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also condemned Tuesday’s attacks.
Authorities in Europe and beyond have tightened security at airports, on subways, at the borders and on city streets after deadly attacks Tuesday on the Brussels airport and its subway system. More than 200 flights to Brussels were diverted or cancelled, according to flight tracking service Flightradar24.
The Paris airport authority said security was tightened at all Paris airports soon after the Brussels explosions on Tuesday morning. Airports in London, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, and many others, also saw increased security. (AP)
There are no reports of any Canadian casualties in the Brussels attacks so far, Global Affairs Canada said they are monitoring the situation closely.
“The Emergency Watch and Response Centre and the Embassy of Canada in Brussels are closely monitoring the situation and are endeavouring to determine if Canadian citizens have been affected,” said a Global Affairs Canada spokesperson in a statement.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with those affected by the incidents in Brussels, Belgium.”
In an advisory posted on its website early Tuesday, the federal ministry said while there is no nationwide advisory in effect for Belgium, Canadians should exercise a “high degree of caution due to the current elevated threat of terrorism.”
Belgian officials say the casualty toll from three explosions in the capital on Tuesday morning is 26 dead and at least 136 injured.
Local media previously reported 28 people were dead and 55 others injured.
Belgian Health Minister Maggie de Block says 11 people are dead and 81 have been injured in twin explosions at the Brussels airport.
A Brussels subway spokesman says 15 people have been killed and 55 were injured in an explosion at the Maalbeek train station. (AP)
Police in the Netherlands say they have halted an international train from Brussels to Amsterdam at a station just one stop from the Dutch capital's busy Schiphol Airport as a precaution and are searching the train and its passengers. (AP)
People have written chalk messages at Place de la Bourse in Brussels
A European security official in contact with Belgian police says least one and possibly two Kalashnikov rifles have been found in the departure lounge at the Brussels airport after the attacks.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the ongoing investigation.
Shiraz Maher, a senior researcher at The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence in London, calls the presence of guns in these attacks "quite significant."
Maher says this "presents an incredible challenge to continental Europe, where guns are much more freely available as opposed to here in the United Kingdom."
Maher says guns make it "much more difficult to secure soft targets like transport sites."
(Paisley Dodds/AP reporter)
U.S. President Barack Obama, travelling in Cuba, was briefed Tuesday morning on the Brussels attacks that killed dozens of people. The White House said the U.S. was in contact with Belgian officials about the explosions at the Brussels airport and subway system. (AP)
The mayor of Brussels is raising the toll of dead and injured from a subway bombing.
Mayor Yvan Majeur now says at least 20 people have died and 106 people were injured in the attack on the Maelbeek subway station, which is close to the European Union headquarters.
Earlier, another top Belgian official said 11 people were killed and 81 have wounded in twin explosions at the Brussels airport.
So in all, 31 people have been killed and 187 wounded in the three blasts. (AP)