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Blast injures several in Belgium, terrorism ruled out: police

BRUSSELS: An explosion injured several people and brought down a residential building in the Belgian city of Antwerp on Monday evening, police said, stressing the incident was not related to terrorism.

Belgian news agency Belga reported five people had been injured. Antwerp police said two adjacent buildings might have also been damaged in what state broadcaster RTBF said was a gas explosion.

Belgium has been on high alert since deadly suicide bombings in 2016 and a wave of Islamist attacks across Europe.

Read More: Who carried out the attacks?  

The airport attack

Two explosions, moments apart, tore through the check-in area of Zaventem airport at 07:58 local time (06:58 GMT).

One eyewitness reported hearing shouts in Arabic just before the explosions.

Officials said the bombs were detonated just seconds apart at opposite ends of the departures hall. Witnesses said people ran from the site of the first blast, only to be caught in the second, near the main entrance.

The metro station attack

Just over an hour later, a additionally impact occurred at the Maelbeek metro station in the downtown area, near a few EU establishments.

A three-carriage prepare was simply leaving the station toward Arts-Loi, the following stop a short separation away, when the impact happened, as indicated by Brussels transport administrator STIB.

The bomb was evidently exploded in the center carriage, which was running along the stage at the time. The driver promptly ended the prepare and cleared the carriages.

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