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Deadly explosions rock Brussels Airport, metro; 13 reported dead

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A top Belgian official is now reporting at least 13 people were killed during a series of explosions at the Brussels Airport and several metro locations during morning rush hour Tuesday. 

Two explosions ripped through Brussels airport Tuesday during the morning rush hour as hundreds of passengers were trying to check in. Airport authorities said the explosions caused several injuries.

Airport spokeswoman Anke Fransen said: "There were two blasts in the departure hall. First aid team are in place for help."

Police say that at least one person was killed when two explosions ripped through the departure hall at Brussels airport.

Near the entrance to the Maelbeek subway station, not far from the headquarters of the European Union, rescue workers set up a makeshift treatment center in a local pub. Dazed and shocked morning travelers streamed from the metro entrances as police tried to set up a security cordon.

"The metro was leaving Maelbeek station for metro when there was a really loud explosion," said Alexandre Brans, 32, wiping blood from his face. "It was panic everywhere. There were a lot of people in the metro."

First responders ran through the street outside with two people on stretchers, their clothes badly torn.

All flight in and out of the airport have ceased as well as metro travel. 

CBS News and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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