Belgian flag to light up Eiffel Tower after Brussels attacks

At Least 28 Dead, 130 Injured In Belgium Explosions

PARIS (Reuters) -- The Eiffel Tower is to be lit up in Belgian colors on Tuesday evening as a symbol of support in Paris for the people of Brussels after twin attacks there killed at least 26.

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The attacks took the form of explosions at Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train in the Belgian capital earlier on Tuesday, triggering security alerts across western Europe and bringing some cross-border transport to a halt.

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People are evacuated from Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, on March 22, 2016. after at least 13 people have been killed by two explosions in the departure hall of Brussels Airport. / AFP / Belga / VIRGINIE LEFOUR / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
#BREAKING: Two loud explosions at #Zaventem airport in #Brussels https://t.co/JFw9RGLjnh
This video footage captures the aftermath of the explosions at Zaventem airport, #Brussels https://t.co/wcsNygh91Y
Brussels aftermath video shows survivors huddled together, telling one another: "It's okay". https://t.co/3Y7lEXrrjP https://t.co/KdqFXR9Wft
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22: Passengers are evacuated from Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport after a terrorist attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. At least 13 people are though to have been killed after Brussels airport was hit by two explosions whilst a Metro station was also targeted. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
A private security guard helps a wounded women outside the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels on March 21, 2016 after a blast at this station located near the EU institutions. Belgian firefighters said at least 26 people had died after 'enormous' blasts rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station today, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. / AFP / Michael VILLA (Photo credit should read MICHAEL VILLA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on March 22, 2016 shows a Belgian police vehicle driving past passengers who are evacuating the Brussels Airport of Zaventem. At least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport on March 22, 2016, Belgian media quoted the federal prosecutor as saying. Officials were not immediately available to confirm the figure when contacted by AFP. The federal police earlier confirmed one death. / AFP / Belga / Jonas Roosens / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read JONAS ROOSENS/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on March 22, 2016 shows a Belgian police vehicle driving past passengers who are evacuating the Brussels Airport of Zaventem. At least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport on March 22, 2016, Belgian media quoted the federal prosecutor as saying. Officials were not immediately available to confirm the figure when contacted by AFP. The federal police earlier confirmed one death. / AFP / Belga / Jonas Roosens / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read JONAS ROOSENS/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on March 22, 2016 shows smoke rising from the Maalbeek underground, in Brussels, following a blast at the station close to the capital's European quarter. The Brussels metro service was being shut down on March 22, its operator said. The measure came after a rush-hour explosion at Maalbeek station with TV images showing black smoke pouring from the station entrance. / AFP / Belga / Seppe KNAPEN / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read SEPPE KNAPEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A security perimeter has been set, on March 22, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22: Broken glass and blood is seen beside signage outside an entrance to Maelbeek metro station following todays attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. At least 34 people are thought to have been killed after Brussels airport and a Metro station were targeted by explosions. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22: Broken glass is seen outside an entrance to Maelbeek metro station following todays attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. At least 34 people are thought to have been killed after Brussels airport and a Metro station were targeted by explosions. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Policemen stand guard at the entrance of a security perimeter set near Maalbeek metro station, on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue teams evacuate wounded people outside the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels on March 22, 2016 after a blast at this station located near the EU institutions. Belgian firefighters said at least 26 people had died after 'enormous' blasts rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station today, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers evacuated after blast at #Maalbeek metro station in #Brussels via @EurActiv https://t.co/O3W8C2rpPm https://t.co/XmIoeKfE9F
People are evacuated from Brussels airport in Zaventem on March 22, 2016 following twin blasts. A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station, killing at least 21 people in apparently coordinated attacks, officials said. == BELGIUM OUT == / AFP / Belga / DIRK WAEM / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images)
A man with blood stains on his sweater leaves Brussels airport in Zaventem on March 22, 2016 following twin blasts. A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station, killing at least 21 people in apparently coordinated attacks, officials said. == BELGIUM OUT == / AFP / Belga / DIRK WAEM / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images)
Amateur footage shows scene at #Brussels airport after explosions (video: Bart van Meele) https://t.co/v29k9dvMiM
Passengers are evacuated from Brussels airport, on March 22, 2016 in Zaventem, after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS / AFP / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
A victim receives first aid by rescuers, on March 22, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
A victim receives first aid by rescuers, on March 22, 2016 near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, after a blast at this station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22 : Police officers stand guard around the Zaventem Airport after two explosions went off in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22 : Police officers stand guard around the Zaventem Airport after two explosions went off in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Passengers are gathered, on March 22, 2016 near Brussels airport in Zaventem, following its evacuation after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS / AFP / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22 : Police officers stand guard around the Zaventem Airport after two explosions went off in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Firefighters arrive at a security perimeter set in the Rue de la Loi near the Maalbeek subway station, in Brussels, on March 22, 2016, after an explosion killed around 10 people, according to spokesman of Brussels' fire brigade A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station on Tuesday, killing at least 13 people, according to media reports, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. / AFP / Belga / LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers who were evacuated from the airport wait in Zaventem, on March 22, 2016, after a string of explosions rocked Brussels airport of Zaventem and a city metro station, killing at least 13 people, according to media reports, as Belgium raised its terror threat to the maximum level. / AFP / Belga / SEPPE KNAPEN / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read SEPPE KNAPEN/AFP/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22 : Police officers stand guard around the Zaventem Airport after two explosions went off in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People are evacuated from Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, on March 22, 2016. after at least 13 people have been killed by two explosions in the departure hall of Brussels Airport. / AFP / Belga / VIRGINIE LEFOUR / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers gather, on March 22, 2016 near Brussels airport in Zaventem , following its evacuation after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS / AFP / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers leave with their luggages, on March 22, 2016 near Brussels airport in Zaventem , following its evacuation after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS / AFP / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 22 : Police officers stand guard around the Zaventem Airport after two explosions went off in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A photo taken on March 22, 2016 shows Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, after two explosions rocked the main hall of the airport. At least 13 people have been killed after two explosions occured in the departure hall of Brussels Airport. Government sources speak of a terrorist attack. The terrorist threat level has been heightened to four across the country. / AFP / BELGA / DIRK WAEM / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images)
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They were a strong reminder to Parisians of the Nov. 13 Islamist militant attacks in Paris where 130 people died, and came four days after the arrest in Brussels of a suspected participant in those assaults.

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Do you all remember how beautiful and safe a place Brussels was. Not anymore, it is from a different world! U.S. must be vigilant and smart!
My heart & prayers go out to all of the victims of the terrible #Brussels tragedy. This madness must be stopped, and I will stop it.
Our hearts break for the men and women of Brussels this morning: https://t.co/Z3zl8ArMCG
These terrorists seek to undermine the democratic values that are the foundation of our way of life. They will never succeed. -H
We offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this barbaric attack and to the people of Brussels.
Gov. John Kasich's statement on the terrorist attacks in #Brussels. https://t.co/6gwCCMwJcy
We stand in solidarity with the people of #Brussels, and pray for the victims of this horrendous act of terror.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families who are impacted by the terrorist attacks in Brussels. #prayforbrussels
Praying for the victims, families and people of #Brussels following today’s brutal terror attacks. We must defeat radical Islamic terrorists
Statement by Attorney General @LorettaLynch on the terror attacks in Brussels https://t.co/s2A5RtUc8t https://t.co/3DsOe9W1pU
My condolences to the victims of this vicious attack along with their families and friends. Our thoughts & prayers are with Belgium today.
My thoughts are with the people of Belgium, and I join our European friends in their determination to combat the threat of terror.
.@JohnKerry was informed this morning of the terrorist bombings in Brussels. He is closely monitoring the situation, extends condolences.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Belgium.
My condolences to the families of those lost today and my prayers go out to all those who have been injured. (1/2)
The US and Europe must be united in striking ISIS wherever they seek safe haven to dismantle this terrorist threat once and for all. (2/2)
We stand with the people of Belgium. These horrible acts of terror and the resulting loss of life remind us we must be vigilant...
May the God of Israel bring peace and comfort to those who mourn from the senseless death and carnage in Brussels this morning.
I strongly condemn these hateful attacks. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families. We stand united against terrorism.
I am shocked and concerned by the events in Brussels. We will do everything we can to help.
Translation: “Through the #Brussels attacks, the whole of Europe has been hit.”
I'm outraged and deeply saddened by the news that so many have been killed and injured in terrorist attacks targeting the people of Brussels
My thoughts with #Brussels and its citizens after these heinous attacks. Stay in a safe place, follow instructions of authorities
Terror will never win. #brusselsattack
my heart goes out to the people of #Brussels this morning
Woke up to the horrible, tragic news in Brussels. Heartbreaking. Sending much love and many prayers.
Waking up to this heartbreaking news this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with you today, #Brussels. 🙏🏼 https://t.co/pKeYIZf1ok
Good morning. Prayers with Brussels today.
Praying for peace around the world. Brussels my heart breaks for you.
I was supposed to be in the Beautiful city of Brussels soon...My heart is with you all.So terrible https://t.co/9c2SdYioGU
Sympathies, #Brussels. Keep strong & smart. As must we all. 🇧🇪 https://t.co/esLUUjoiMP
Beyond sad and outraged that the scourge of the earth continue to feel the need to kill innocent people everywhere. #Brussels #WeStandWithU
Prayers for #Brussels.
Waking up once again with a heavy heart. Thoughts and prayers for Brussels. https://t.co/KdCpqwZMD2
All we need is love in a time like this❤️ #LoveForAll #Brussels https://t.co/lztM5wMnC1
More violence. More innocent lives lost. More anguish. More anger. Only thing lessening is Hope. Heart goes out to all affected. #Brussels
I am extremely concerned for all caught up in unfolding events in Brussels. Solidarity with emergency services & those affected.
Woke to horrible news in Brussels. My heart and prayers to everyone. Hold your loved ones close every day.
Our thoughts are with the victims of these terrible attacks and with the people of Brussels. We stand with you today and always.
Prayers going out to everyone in Brussels this morning
We're deeply saddened by the news out of #Brussels today. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected.
Thoughts and prayers to all our friends in Brussels. Shocking scenes in such a friendly and fun city.
Terrible acts of terrorism in #Brussels. Stand in solidarity with all those affected.
Thinking of our beautiful fans and everyone in #Brussels . Please be careful. Please. ❤️
My heart goes out to Brussels. What a horrific tragedy. #prayforbrussels
Praying for Brussels
Terrorism is one of the scariest things. It does not function like anything else in this world.… https://t.co/fL96Cevclp
Video shared by @ABconcerts shows some of the solidarity messages in chalk that have appeared in central Brussels https://t.co/xB5WzXxxce
Our hearts are with you, #Brussels. Art by @geesubay https://t.co/9yPaIOdlu2
My heart goes out to all effected by the terrorist attacks in #Brussels. Too much hate and disregard for all life in this world. It's sad
Saddened to wake up to this news. Hard to believe there is so much hate in this world when all you want to believe in is the good.
My heart is broken. These events have eternal impact on the lives of countless people. #Brussels, you're in my prayers
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