Global Affairs Canada says it has no reports of any Canadian citizens being affected by today’s explosions at the airport in Brussels and at a metro station in the city.
Belgian officials said the casualty toll from three explosions in the capital was 26 dead and at least 136 injured.
Belgian Health Minister Maggie de Block said 11 people were dead and 81 injured in twin explosions at the Brussels airport. A Brussels subway spokesman said 15 people were killed and 55 injured in an explosion at the Maelbeek train station.
Global Affairs Canada says the Canadian embassy in Brussels is “closely monitoring the situation” and trying to determine if any Canadians have been affected.
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.”
The explosions, which the Brussels prosecutor’s office calls terror attacks, came just days after the main suspect in the deadly Nov. 13 Paris attacks was arrested Friday in the city.
After his arrest, 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam told authorities he had created a new network and was planning new attacks.
There is no immediate claim of responsibility for today’s attacks.
Belgium has raised its terror alert to its highest level, diverting arriving planes and trains and ordering people to stay where they were.
Airports across Europe immediately tightened security as a fleet of emergency vehicles roared in to handle the carnage at the Brussels airport.
_ With files from The Associated Press
(The Canadian Press)<