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Photos From Brussels Show The Tragic Aftermath Of Deadly Attacks

Bombings in Belgium's capital have ground the city to a halt.

22/03/2016 10:49 PM AEDT | Updated 23/03/2016 8:01 AM AEDT
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The Belgian capital of Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union, is reeling from twin blasts at the airport and another explosion at a subway station. 

Deadly explosions in Brussels which targeted a busy metro station and an international airport on Tuesday have caused a near total lockdown in the Belgian capital. Flights and Eurostar trains have been diverted or canceled, and Belgium's authorities raised the terror alert level to its maximum height.

The blasts hit Maelbeek metro -- near European Union institutions and the U.S. Embassy -- and Brussels Airport at Zaventem, killing at least 31 people and wounding scores of others.

The explosions occurred after Salah Abdeslam, suspected of planning November's deadly Paris attacks, was captured on Friday during a large police operation in Brussels, one of the many anti-terror raids in the city since terrorists struck in France.

Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel called for calm following the bombings, which he described as "terrorist murder." On Twitter, he urged those seeking information regarding people caught in the attacks to call 1711. Facebook also activated the site's safety check feature for those in the affected area to signal that they are OK.

Below are photographs and video of people in Belgium reeling from the bombings and emergency aid responders treating the injured. Smoke is seen rising from the areas of the blasts and the windows at Brussels Airport are blown out.

Warning: these photos contain graphic images. 

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    A soldier stands near broken windows after explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. 
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    Passengers leave Brussels airport in Zaventem on March 22, 2016.
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    Black smoke is seen rising from the Brussels airport following explosions, in this still image made available March 22, 2016. 
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    Injured people are seen at the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016, in this handout courtesy of David Crunelle via Twitter. 
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    A picture taken in Zaventem on March 22, 2016, shows the damaged facade of Brussels airport.
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    In this photo provided by Ralph Usbeck an unidentified traveller lies on the ground in a smoke filled terminal at Brussels Airport, in Brussels, after explosions Tuesday, March 22, 2016. 
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    This photo that Ketevan Kardava took shows a man wounded inside the airport at Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The image was provided by the Georgian Public Broadcaster.
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    A man is wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
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    In this photo provided by Ralph Usbeck a police officers directs passengers in a smoke filled terminal at Brussels Airport, in Brussels after explosions Tuesday, March 22, 2016. 
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    This photo provided by Georgian Public Broadcaster and photographed by Ketevan Kardava, shows the scene in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016. 
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    In this photo provided by Ralph Usbeck an unidentified traveller gets to his feet in a smoke filled terminal at Brussels Airport, in Brussels after explosions Tuesday, March 22, 2016. 
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    In this photo provided by Georgian Public Broadcaster and photographed by Ketevan Kardava two women wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016. 
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    People react outside Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday March 22, 2016. There was another blast at a subway station, just days after the main suspect in the November Paris attacks was arrested in the city, police said.
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    Airport workers embrace as they leave the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. 
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    In this image made from video, emergency rescue workers help an unidentified person at the site of an explosion at a metro station in Brussels, Belgium, on March 22, 2016.
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    Rescuers give a victim first aid on March 22, 2016, near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels.
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    People walk away from Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday March 22, 2016.
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    In this image taken from TV an injured person is evacuated as emergency services attend the scene after an explosion in a main metro station in Brussels on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
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    Smoke rising from the Maalbeek underground, in Brussels, following a blast at the station close to the capital's European quarter on March 22, 2016.
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    People are seen at the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016, in this handout courtesy of David Crunelle via Twitter. 
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    People react as they walk away from Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium Tuesday March 22, 2016. 
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    People are evacuated from Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, on March 22, 2016. 
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    A young girl looks out of the window of a bus after being evacuated from Brussels airport, after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday March 22, 2016. 
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    People react as they walk away from Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium Tuesday March 22, 2016.
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    People react as they walk away from Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium Tuesday March 22, 2016. 
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    People react outside Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium Tuesday March 22, 2016. 
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    People are evacuated from Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium Tuesday March 22, 2016. 
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    A hearse arrives to Brussels Airport in Zaventem following twin blasts on March 22, 2016.
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    Broken glass is seen outside an entrance to Maelbeek metro station following an attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. 
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    Broken glass and blood is seen beside signage outside an entrance to Maelbeek metro station following an attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

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