Brussels airport attacks: Photographs show extent of devastation a week after bombings

Staff at Zaventem Airport have said that re-opening 'is not possible in the devastated infrastructure'

Jess Staufenberg
Wednesday 30 March 2016 12:43

Photographs taken inside Brussels airport one week after bombings which left dozens dead have revealed the extent of the damage, as officials warned it may not reopen "for months".

More than 30 people were killed and about 300 were injured in blasts at both Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek Metro station in Belgium's capital.

Images of destroyed check-in areas, waiting rooms and elevators one week after the attacks have now been made available by Reuters to Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad.

There were two explosions in the international departure at Brussels Airport in Zaventem at about 07.58 local time 

Two of the suicide bombers at the airport were named as Brahim el-Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui. Their actions left at least 17 people dead, many more wounded and caused widespread devastation inside the building.

A third bomb did not explode and police later detonated it during a controlled explosion 

At least eight more suspects have been linked to the atrocity and are reportedly still 'on the loose'.

The attacks were claimed by Isis and experts are investigating the possibility of a terrorist network stretching across France and Belgium.

The Belgian government put the country on its highest terror threat level 

While airport bombers Najim Laachraoui and Brahim el-Bakraoui both died along with the latter's brother and metro bomber Khalid el-Bakraoui, a fourth man seen in airport CCTV footage called "Faycal C" was released following a lack of evidence.

The two airport blasts were reportedly from nail bombs, according to a Brussels hospital official 

Recent reports put the number of victims at 35, with several yet to be identified.

Zaventem Airport has remained closed until further notice, despite hopes that the terminals could reopen this week. Airport CEO Arnaud Feist told the BBC the building will have to be rebuilt "from the air conditioning to the check-in desks".

Inbound flights were either cancelled or diverted to nearby airports 

The police spent five days conducting forensic examinations in the departures hall where the airport blasts took place, before handing back the area on Sunday to allow a phased reintroduction of flights.

But the airport management has recently said: “The simple fact is that a restart in the short term is not possible in the devastated infrastructure.”

The Belgian government declared three days of national mourning after the attacks on 22 March 2016.

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