Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the early Tuesday attacks on Brussels Airport and the city's metro system, according to media reports. The jihadist organization issued a statement via its A'maq news agency, saying Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices. "Islamic State fighters opened fire inside the Zaventem Airport, before several of them detonated their explosive belts, as a martyrdom bomber detonated his explosive belt in the Maalbeek metro station," the group said, according to reports. Two explosions rocked the airport around 8 a.m. Tuesday local time, or 3 a.m. Eastern Time, followed an hour later by a blast at the central Brussels metro station, close to the European Union quarters. Around 34 people have been reported dead in the attacks.
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