Explosions at an airport and a downtown metro stop during morning rush hour rocked the Belgian capital of Brussels today (March 22, 2016), killing at least 31 people, wounding more than 150, and shutting down all public transportation, according to the USA Today website.
Terror alerts rose across Europe, in the United States, and around the world as a result of the Brussels explosions.
Belgium's federal prosecutor confirmed the two blasts at the airport and a third at the metro station were terrorist attacks. The attacked metro station is located near buildings that house European Union (EU) institutions in central Brussels.
"We were fearing terrorist attacks and that has now happened," Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement to the Amaq news agency.