Tactical Talk (Update) The death toll has crept above 30 following Tuesday morning’s attack on Brussels’ Zaventem international airport and a metro station in the center of the city. What we know so far:
- CBS News tweets that two Americans were injured; a State Department employee has not been accounted for.
- One of the Brussels airport bombs contained nails, per a local TV station as reported by the AP.
- The BBC reports the bombing at the Maelbeek metro station came one hour after twin airport blasts. The bomb went off in the middle car of a three-car train as it was moving along the station platform.
- The Guardian has video interviews with survivors of the airport attack. “I feel like it’s the end of the world,” said one of what she was thinking after hiding under a sink as the ceiling came down.
- American Brian Carroll, 31, tells the New York Times how he reacted after the bomb went off as he rode the subway: “I headed toward an exit. There was smoke and soot everywhere. There was glass everywhere. It was like running through a cloud of dust. I saw the exit of the station was destroyed. I ran out of the station, I ran as far as I could.”
- Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur framed the attacks as “unprecedented murderous violence,” per the Washington Post. “We are at war,” said French Premier Manuel Valls in a roundup of world-leader reactions from USA Today. “We have been enduring acts of war for many months in Europe.”