ISIS said its attackers opened fire inside the airport, before detonating explosive belts, while a suicide bomber attacked the Maalbeek metro station, according to the militant group’s Amaq Agency news site.
“This is a black moment in our country…everyone please be calm and show solidarity,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told reporters.
U.S. President Barack Obama, who was in Havana, said, “We will do whatever is necessary for our friend Belgium to bring those who are responsible to justice.” He said the U.S. stands in solidarity with Belgium “for the outrageous attacks against innocent people.”
At least nine Americans are among the wounded, including one Air Force service member. Obama ordered flags lowered to half-staff on U.S. government buildings.
Hundreds of Belgians carried candles and flowers to a nighttime vigil Tuesday night at the Place de la Bourse in central Brussels.
European landmarks including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Rome’s Trevi Fountain and the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates lit up with the colors of the Belgian flag.