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Brussels Attacks Suspects Pictured On Zaventem Airport CCTV, Manhunt Underway

An arrest warrant has been issued.

22/03/2016 16:01 GMT | Updated 22/03/2016 21:25 GMT

Brussels Attacks

  • Brussels rocked by multiple explosions after 7am GMT

  • So called Islamic State claim responsibility for attacks

  • Police issue CCTV image from airport of three suspects

  • At least 34 confirmed dead with scores more injured

  • 20 killed at Maalbeek Metro and 14 at Zaventem Airport

  • One Briton confirmed injured, Downing Street says

  • Terror alert raised to maximum and Metro system closed 

  • Gunfire and shouts in Arabic reported at Brussels airport

  • At least one airport blast confirmed as suicide bombing

  • Police patrols in the UK to be stepped up at 'key locations'

  • Emergency no for concerned relatives: +44 2070080000

A manhunt is underway in Belgium with authorities searching for one of three suspects connected to Tuesday's attacks in Brussels that left 34 people dead and more than 200 injured.

Belgian Federal police released CCTV of three men at Brussels Zaventem airport shortly before two blasts rocked a terminal building on Tuesday morning.

A wanted notice was issued for a man seen pushing a luggage trolley through the airport. Belgian Prosecutor Eric van der Sypt confirmed two bombers died at Brussels airport and a third is being "actively" sought.

Police raids were carried out across the capital following the initial attacks. Prosecutors revealed on Tuesday evening a new explosive device containing nails was found in the suburb of Schaerbeek, as were chemical products and an Islamic State group flag.

Earlier, DH.be reported that the men were wearing gloves to cover detonation devices as they walked through the airport pushing luggage trolleys.

The airport was hit by two explosions at 8am local time - at least one of them a suicide bombing - with 14 dead and more than 92 injured.

According to witnesses, the blast appeared to go off before the suspects passed through security, within the check-in hall of the airport.

About an hour later a second explosion ripped through a rush-hour train at Maalbeek Metro station near the European Union headquarters, where 20 people were killed and more than 100 injured. 

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Belga News Agency reported that the image was released by police at the request of the federal prosecutor.

Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said the forensic operation at the airport would last all night.

"A photo of three suspects was taken at Brussels airport," he said. "Two of them have probably committed a suicide attack, the third - dressed in a white jacket and wearing a hat - is actively sought."

"Various departments and experts are currently in various crime scenes," he added. "This will take place for many hours to come. Due to the violence of the attacks, this investigation is particularly difficult. Various operations are ongoing across the country and several witnesses have been heard. Several explosions have been heard. They are due to bomb squad activity upon the discovery that the suspects might have left explosives behind. And this could continue."

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The blown out windows of Zaventem airport are seen after the deadly attack

King Philippe of Belgium led calls for calm after the attacks. "Today our country is in mourning," he said in a televised address. "For each of us this March 22 will never be a day like any other. In the face of threats, we will continue to respond together, firmly, with calm and dignity."

Two British nationals were injured in the attacks, according to the Foreign Office, which has warned Britons not to travel to Brussels.  

A spokeswoman for David Cameron said Britain had sent a team of specialist police officers to help the investigation.

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