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good morning, america. at least three explosions rocked the capital of brussels this morning. a suicide bomber reportedly targets the crowded airport. >> there were explosions in the main building. >> ceilings collapsing. running for their lives. another blast rocks a metro station. just days after a major suspect in the paris terror attacks is arrested. americans in europe told to shelter in place. nypd set to ramp up security here in new york. the hunt is on right now for who's behind these blasts. >> announcer: live in times square, this is "good morning america."
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>> good morning, we are live all across the country and all time zones for the latest on those terror attacks unfolded in brussels, belgium, at 3:00 a.m. eastern time during their morning rush hour. this is the scene as it unfolded, terrified passengers running for their lives at the airport. and this photo here shows the damage. at least two different attacks across the city this morning. >> here's what we know right now. it is changing. at least two explosions hit that airport. another rocked a metro station at least 28 people now killed. dozens injured. all airport and public transportation in brussels now shut down and the terror level there raised to maximum. the u.s. embassy advising americans in brussels to shelter there in place. >> alert levels raised here in new york as well and other american cities, we have full coverage right now. we'll begin with alex marquardt, he is on the scene at the brussels airport with the latest. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning, george. dramatic scenes here at the
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brussels zaventem airport. the edge of the police perimeter told to stop here, passengers talking about scenes of utter pandemonium inside. these two explosions now one of which we understand was from a suicide bomber coming just after 8:00 at the peak of travel time. you can see here there have been thousands of people streaming out from this airport just now a new wave of people with their bags, some clutching those airline blankets that we've all used. they have their bags with them. this is a calm scene here. but you can see their faces are drawn, very serious. there's a lot of confusion, people trying to figure out how to get away from the airport. there are buses lined up taking people away. but the people we spoke to inside describe much more dramatic scenes and spoke to an eyewitness checking into the american airlines counter when the first he can explosion went off about 30 yards away from him. he thought that it took place closer to the delta counter and
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that's going to be one of the things experts look into now is whether anything specifically was targeted in the airport but eyewitnesses talking about scenes of utter carnage, bodies on the floor of debris everywhere and ceiling tiles on the floor. absolute chaos. >> okay, alex. the first explosion occurred at 8 a.m. witnesses describe the ceiling caving in water mixing with blood from the victims. >> it drop down on top of my girl and there was a second explosion. an american girl next to me. >> reporter: at least 13 dead. the number of injured still being counted. witnesses described it as a war
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zone. circles in the air, the airplanes. >> thereby explosions in the terminal hall. that's why we don't allow anyone anymore. >> reporter: an explosion at the maelbeek subway station. a loud boom heard and first responders ran through the street with people on stretchers. their clothes badly torn. >> i just stood off the metro when we heard a loud muffled thud. more panic set it. >> reporter: as the belgian capital has been on high alert following the arrest of salah abdeslam last week. you can see these buses pull ago way with people inside. those travelers being taken away from the airport. after that attack at the metro station the entire brussels metro system shut down.
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we understand 15 people killed in that attack in addition to 1 here. the entire public transit system across brussels including the airport, metro buses and trains has been shut down. european intelligence officials have been telling us more fronts it was not a question of if but when the next terrorist attack would happen. george. >> okay, alex, thanks very much. alex marquardt at the brussels airport. want to turn to an eyewitness to the attack on the in et tree. zoa, i understand you ran towards the metro when you heard about the explosion. what did you see? >> i saw a scene of probably around about a dozen to 15 people carried out of the metro lying outside the metro entrance an rue de la roi. the actual station itself, maelbeek is just a few hundred meters from the main scene of eu activity, the european commission and the european
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council. it's around about 200 meters away from my office. so i was already basically there when i heard there had been attacks on maelbeek and i was running towards it to see what was going on. >> and a scene of chaos and you were able to see the wounded and casualties being taken out. tell us more about this neighborhood. what is around this neighborhood. >> around maelbeek it's really just the heart of the european quarter. the european commission and council nearby, very close within a few hundred meters, it's up fro the shuman metrotation for the european quarter and coast to the parliament. probably around a five to seven-minute walk. those are the three main ones in brussels and close to the arts-loi and the russian embassy around there. several embassies in that arts-loi area and one stop in
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the opposite direction from maelbeek from sch uchlschuman. >> zoya sheftolovich, thanks for that report. >> we'll talk to christian pore the latest on security. you're most familiar with what happened in the metro station. what is the latest that you can tell us, sir? >> well, the information that i could gather is the fact that we had an explosion in the metro station called maelbeek. several casualties, we have several people deceased, several people injured. but i don't have exact figures about the casualties yet now. rapidly fire department and medical service and police were deployed on the scene. there is a large security perimeter installed now so that all those services can work on
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the scene. >> and the airport as well and what exactly are the services doing there right now, the police force doing right now at this hour? >> well, for the police forces we have the past two protect the medical services working there and also to prevent people from entering the security perimeter so that there is no danger for the medical service and the fire departments to work. >> and, sir, there was no indication about an imminent attack of any sort? >> well, normally terrorist attack, they don't prevent or they don't say on the forehand that they will commit an attack, of course. >> and the heightened alert that you are under now, can you tell us what precautions are being taken? >> well, all public transport is
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shut down in brussels. there are no buses, no trams, no metro and the taken stations are also closed in brussels and the people are off to remain inside so that we, the police and security forces can work on the scene. >> all right, mr. deconick, please know our thoughts are with everyone there. thank you for joining us. >> thanks. >> want to go to our chief global affairs anchor martha raddatz in washington. martha, we just heard the brussels police spokesman said they had no indication that this was coming. no specific intelligence but there was a great concern after the takedown of salah abdeslam in brussels earlier this week that that could trigger this kind of a follow-on attack? that's exactly right, george. they feared that there was an attack that was planned and when he was arrested that they might do that attack early because they might have feared that abdeslam would tell authorities something, tell them where it might happen so by all
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appearances, this terror attack was carried out quickly, they coordinated very quickly to get this going today. whether airport it was planned for today or whether or not it was planned for several months from now we don't know. there's certainly terror cells operating in europe. belgium by the way is the largest supplier of european countries of foreign fighters in syria and, of course, the fear is always that they will go into syria, they will fight with isis, they will get trained and they will come back out and head for europe to carry out these kinds of attacks. >> martha, one of the biggest concerns this attack was able to be carried out in brussels despite the fact there had been such a heavy police presence, heavy intelligence presence especially in that molenbeek neighborhood where salah abdeslam was found for the four months since these terror attacks in paris. >> reporter: they've been completely focused on this, george. as you know back in november i was standing in that
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neighborhood and we were talking about the focus on that neighborhood right after those paris attacks, the city was virtually shut down in lockdown. armored personnel carriers were everywhere on the street. you really couldn't go anywhere without seeing that police presence. now, perhaps there was an attack planned for that time and perhaps they didn't carry it out because of that police presence but what happens is they then go dark. they go under ground and don't communicate with one another in the typical ways by cell phone or by internet. they can go on encrypted devices and can figure out a way to coordinate an attack like this where it will be, go after as we saw in this one those soft targets, i know people don't think of an airport as a soft target but that part of an airport is indeed a soft target. i'm sure as we all know when we go into airports there is security. some sort of security on the outside. don't want you to stop out front in your car but you can get things inside, clearly you can get things inside.
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if there was a suicide bomber as is being reported at least one suicide bomber, they will find out how he got in there, where the car was, how they got there, and trace back do the forensics on trying to figure out who this person was, who else carried it out, we don't know whether or how many suspects there were, how many people may have carried this out. whether it was on the tracks there in the subway system, how they got on to those tracks. there are going to be security video coming out and i'm sure we'll get a lot of questions answered. it's very hard to prevent something like this if they want to carry out an attack especially if you're a suicide bomber. >> thanks very much. >> of course, joining us is ray kelly, the former police commissioner here in new york city and also pierre thomas and you know of course, law officials are monitoring what's happening so closely. what are you hearing from the
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government? >> top law enforcement officials have been briefed includiing loretta lynch and james comey. no threat to the united states they know of. they don't believe we have the sophisticated terror cells, networks that they have in europe but what they're mosted concern about today is copycats, people who could be inspired by what they're seeing and the fbi monitoring rough ly 24 people. people who have been radicalized online through social media. that is the big concern someone here will react to it here. >> ray kelly in new york city, a lot are waking up, just after 7:00 eastern time. what is going on in the city. >> i think what you're seeing now is deployment of uniformed officers, the officers that started work at midnight, they will be held into the day tour and see that particularly in the subway system. new york has the busiest subway
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system arguably in the world, 6 million travel that system every day so you want to increase the uniformed presence. what you probably won't see but may happen is a door knocking campaign. >> what do you mean. >> concerned about -- they want them to know that, hey, we're watching you. how are you doing? that sort of thing. now, that may happen, may not happen. it depends on what the estimate is of fbi and nypd as to whether or not there's anybody with a tendency to be a copycat. >> and new york city -- always on high alert. we're always very vigilant and dill cent and what's going on. >> you had two major attacks here. >> right. >> you had at least 20 terrorist attempts here in new york city. and new york city has responded well and has the unique capacity to put out a lot of uniformed officers on the street. critical response command and overlay of police officers so that's what you'll see deployed in uniform obviously lots of
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things going on that you won't be able to see. >> we see more activity here in times square and as you were saying, pierre, what you're alluding to when we see what's going on in europe in recent months and the last year or so, as you're alluding to there has to be a concern why we would not think that that could possibly happen here in the u.s. >> recent history is a guide. think about paris attacks last november. for weeks the united states said, no specific credible threat then san bernardino. that is the concern that you would have, that people would be inspired and then take action then that's hard to determine beforehand. you have to have the intelligence beforehand. that's why you have extend tiff campaign by the fbi looking at social media, looking at people who might be inspired by isis and one thing that's happened in the last six months or so, the fbi went from seeing people who were simply trying to travel to syria and join isis and planning to do things here they believe they stopped.
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>> okay, pierre, thanks very much. to jon karl now. traveling with the president in cuba and the president now has been briefed? >> reporter: that's right. the president was briefed well before dawn and, has his national security team with him including national security advisers susan rice, secretary of state john kerry. the state department is also issued a warning through the embassy in brussels to american citizens there that's quite stark, george. it says that american citizens should shelter in place and remind americans in belgium that there was a level 4 threat, a level 4 threat which means a serious and imminent danger -- a danger of a serious and imminent attack so clearly u.s. officials were watching what was happening in belgium and well aware of the danger. now the president has been briefed and has a packed schedule here for the rest of the day including later this morning an address televised nationally in cuba to the cuban people and then he's attending a baseball game.
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no indication from the white house that there will be any change to the president's schedule. in fact he's leaving from here to go on to argentina but, of course, as you well know, george, when the president travels on these trips he has his full national security apparatus with him communications and all that. >> full expectation he'll continue the trip, complete the trip he's on right now. one thing we heard from the president in recent months is that this expectation that martha raddatz was talking about that we cannot have perfect security against this kind of threat when people are willing to take matters into their own hands and die in order to kill. >> reporter: the president has been walking a fine line here talking about taking a tough line against this terrorist threat, against isis but also trying to put it in context and saying, that the threat is something that must be contained, must be dealt with, looking at the threat as something that many people frankly in the view of the president have exaggerated.
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a very tough argument to make when you have another attack in the heart of europe with dozens more killed but the president's view is that there is no such thing as perfect security that you must contain this threat and deal with it in every way possible but put it in context. >> jon karl, thanks very much. >> we'll go back to alex marquardt. you have been on the scene there in the brussels airport from the very beginning of all this. what is the latest you're hearing now, alex. >> reporter: people continue to stream out of here. there have been travelers coming out for the past four hours. there were thousands of people in that departure hall when the explosions went off. just to give the viewers a sense of where this happened when we say departure hall the area before security before you would go through the x-ray machines and take off your shoes where everybody was checking in. there have been convoys of buses watching them now over here that keep going past, packed to the
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brim with people who were either trying to take off or had just landed. it's worth reiterating that all of the air travel has been stopped. no planes going out or coming back in. people are in various states. we've seen lots of emotion, lots of people crying, lots of people hugging. some with blankets wrapped around them. others just confused by what's going on because they weren't able to actually get inside the airport. but what's clear is now these -- the passengers from inside the terminal are being taken away from the airport. we understand that a makeshift hospital has been set up nearby. the latest figure from the belgian prosecutor is that 13 people were killed inside the airport, there are wounded. we don't have the figure on that. at least one of the two explosions was carried out by a suicide bomber. >> 13 there and we're hearing 15 in the metro owe overall at
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welcome back to "gma." you are looking at the brussels airport. two deadly blasts went off hours ago. one by a suicide bomber. another went off at a metro station. at least three explosions in belgium that rocked the european capital. at least 28 people reported dead and we have team coverage of all the latest right now. >> so we want to go straight to abc's alex marquardt on the scene there at the brussels airport. good morning, again, to you, alex. >> reporter: good morning, robin. that's right. three confirmed explosions by the belgian authorities and belgian prime minister said this morning the country was struck in a cowardly way as we understand it right now the current death toll, 28. 13 here during the -- from the double explosion this morning at the airport. and 15 more from a metro station in the center of brussels, the entire metro system has been
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shut down along with the rest of the belgian transit system including buses, trams, trains and the airport also shut down, the only way in or out of this country right now is by car, in fact, we are just trying to hire a taxi and we are told they are all booked because people from here, from across belgium are trying to -- across brussels, rather, are trying to get out of the country. so there's a lot of confusion here at the airport. you can see there's a lot of movement. people streaming out by the hundreds, by the thousands from that departure hall where that took place, we've spoken with eyewitnesses who talked about scenes of pandemonium, scenes of carnage, one eyewitness due to fly to the states this morning on american airlines said they saw debris all over the place and saw bodies, roof tiles that had fallen onto the floor, scenes of absolute chaos, i should say this is an attack that was expected. this was something that
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intelligence officials here in belgium and across europe go to sleep every night expecting to wake up to. especially in the last few days because after the arrest of salah abdeslam, who is known as eighth paris attacker, only surviving terrorist from those paris attacks that killed 130 people, after he was arrested on friday in a very dramatic raid after a four-month manhunt we were told by the interior ministry that could likely trigger a new terrorist attack and appears that is what has happened. >> it does appear that was the case. the arrest taking place about four days ago and then the attacks this morning. >> okay, thanks to alex for that as well. i spoke withage eyewitness at the airport moments ago and asked him what he saw and heard, tao wongbae. >> in terminal b i was on my way to liberia.
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and i just passed the security when we saw where the bombing took place and we were being rushed and pushed away to the exit so we can evacuate. >> what did you see and what did you hear? >> well, i didn't hear -- >> there was a shattered window. some damages to the front. and police officers and other officers with guns. just making sure everyone is okay and pushing people to the exit. >> how extensive was the damage you could see? >> it was extensive but we thought it was construction at the time because they had changed some of the airport. i typically fly to this airport so i know where the security checkpoints should typically but this time around it was somewhere else so we thought it was construction but it was pretty badly damage. >> thanks to taa wongbae for
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that. all transportation shut down, airports, trains, metro. >> what about the airports here in the u.s.? we're going to turn to david kerley. he covers aviation for us at abc news and, david, you have news on where the tsome a administrator is right now. >> he is in brussels, in fact, robin, he actually landed in brussels around the time of these explosion, it's unclear before or after, we are told he was with a detail taken to a secure place in brussels and he is fine but great irony in the fact the man that runs security at our airports was actually landing in brussels at about the time. u.s. carriers operate in brussels. and we have heard from american airlines that none of its employees at the ticket counter were injured. we have not heard from united on its employees one way or the other but both airlines had planes land, one from washington, one from newark land in brussels taken to a secure area to take the passengers off. one american flight had to divert to amsterdam as it stayed
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away from the brussels airport. >> you're at reagan airport in d.c. right now. what is the situation there and other airports across the country? >> reporter: the washington airports basically said they're continuing their vigilance. the new york area airports, laguardia, jfk and newark stepped up inquiries and another paige airport tells me that they are adding police officers and canine units today. and you will see this across the board at mass transit according to federal officials, additional presence. a canine working at dca but behind me people going to the ticket counters heading down to the gates to head out on their flights knowing what has happened in brussels. >> that's right, thank you. >> robin, more now from dick clarke and matt olsen. we heard alex marquardt say this was expected especially after the takedown of salah abdeslam.
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yet it could not be prevented. >> well, george, let's look's chronology, the attack in paris was four months ago and that attack was directly linked to a cell in brussels. then last week, a week ago today belgian police raided what they thought was an empty apartment but they found it filled with people who shot at them, wounded french police and belgian police a week ago today. that raid gave them clues that led last friday to the arrest of the mastermind of the paris attack. when they raided his apartment, when they captured him, they said two things, one, they now knew that there was a much bigger cell network than they had previously known and, two, that further attacks were planned. that was friday. the attacks came today. they were unable during all of that four months to find the leader of the paris attacks and they were unable over the course of the weekend and through monday to stop this new cell that they knew was out there.
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>> how do you explain that? >> it's very troubling, what it suggests is two thing, one, that this isis cell had very good communications capability that probably they were not using phones or internet, probably they were using curriers and all knew and trusted each other, the other thing they were living in this neighborhood outside of brussels, maelbeek which is frankly filled with isis sympathizers, the belgian authorities say they're tracking 800 people in that neighborhood who may be isissympathizers. >> matt olsen, walk us through what would be happening right now sign they'd center to forestall another attack in europe or here at home. >> the main thing, george, that's happen something that the analysts at the national counterterrorism center, cia, fbi, across the u.s. intelligence community are working with their european
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colleagues in particular, of course, the belgians but the french, the british, the germans to try to understand what intelligence everyone has about what's going on in europe in particular what's going on in brussels. the real goal right now is are there follow-on attacks has to be the primary concern. is there anything in the works do we expect any more attacks, any more coordinated attacks in brussels or paris? moving forward, of course, there's going to be an investigation that will start with the individuals, the suicide bombers, once those individuals are identified that will provide links to who else may have been involved because certainly these suicide bombers as dick clarke suggests, these guys aren't acting alone, they are part of a cell in brussels and probably part of a broader network linking back to syria. >> okay, matt olsen, dick clark, thanks very much. >> we'll take a short break and back with our live team coverage of these deadly terror attacks in brussels and the threat level here in the u.s. we'll talk about that as well.
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as we watch closely what's happening with the terror attacks in belgium a stunning very many in the fbi's battle with apple over the iphone at the center of that san bernardino shooting. the fbi now saying they may not need apple's help to unlock the phone. abc's neal karlinsky has the latest from california. good morning, neal. >> reporter: robin, good morning. this is a huge development in this case the federal government saying they may not need to take apple to court after all saying that they believe they can actually now hack into an iphone, something they had been saying they could not do without apple's help. the government putting out a release last night before the judge saying an outside party demonstrated to the fbi this weekend a possible method for unlocking the phone but they're first trying to test it to be sure it doesn't destroy any important material. this of course critical the fbi
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says for them to try to learn the operations of terrorists. wanted terrorists, people that they're trying to investigate to see what their plans might be, the encryption on the iphone making it so difficult, law enforcement says for them to get in, they had said they needed apple's help, now the federal government saying they believe they can hack in on their own, robin. >> may not need it after all their help. all right. >> let's bring in both pierre thomas, our chief justice correspondent and legal analyst dan abrams. what a significant break it could be. we've seen james comey putting so much pressure on apple. >> they want to know what's inside the phone associated with one of the san bernardino aing thatters. now clearly they have an outside group that could possibly help them get inside the phone. that's preferable and want to get in there as soon as possible rather than go through the protracted legal battle but law enforcement is keeping that group nonpublic at the moment so that that group won't face any pressure or potential threats. >> meantime, dan abrams, in the midst of all this you had these
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attacks in brussels as well. how does that factor into the legal case. >> these legal fight also continue no matter whether the government has a work-around in this particular case broadly these legal battles between companies like apple and the government are going to continue. and there's just no question that when you have an environment where the public is feeling the pressure of terror attacks, legislators feel that pressure, judges feel that pressure. and as a result, you see the impact, now, judges aren't supposed to feel that, right. in theory they're supposed to be interpreting the law. they're human beings and do respond to what's happening in the world. >> let me ask pierre another question. after all this time, getting into the phone, what could they possibly have in there that would still help them at this point? >> did they have any support? are there other attacks being plannedy a potential they're concerned about and why it's critical. >> okay, pierre and dan, thanks very much. a short break and back with all the latest on the debtly terror
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we are back now with the latest on this deadly terror attacks in belgium. abc's alex marquardt is on the scene there at the airport in
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brussels. what's the latest, alex? >> reporter: good morning, robin. the keen is calm but not as many people coming out. we have seen thousands streaming out in the past few hours of this airport after that double suicide bomb or that suicide bombing that took place just after 8 a.m. we understand 13 people killed inside and 15 at a metro station downtown in the heart of brussels. there has been a makeshift hospital set up near that metro station. the alert level has been raised to its highest level 4 and the u.s. embassy has sent out a warning to citizens to shelter this place meaning they believe there could be a serious and imminent attack. so the fear of another attack is not yet over. robin. >> all right, alex. we'll take a short break and be right back with all the latest on the terror attacks and security measures in the u.s. that's in just a moment. today's the day! oh look! creepy gloves for my feet. see when i was a kid there was a handle.
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and causing slowing tam. >> thank you karen. let's go to sky6 hd and take a live look there. commodore barry beautiful start here to your tuesday let's go outside to dave murphy. good morning. >> yeah, lots of sun, not much wind this morning, tam but it's still pretty chilly. take a look as we have bumped up to 37 degrees in philadelphia. below freezing in lancaster reading allentown and millville. 33 in trenton, 32 in wilmington. this afternoon we do improve. partly sunny skies, 57 is your high. not as windy as yesterday. tomorrow how about 70 for a high? and then we're near a record high and thursday with a high of 75 degrees. late day or night time rain and more showers on friday morning with drying in the afternoon. tam. >> thank you david. vets at the delaware county spca treating a disturbing case of animal abuse this puppy was rescued from an upper darby home. officials say she had been tied a banister and left to die. she nearly decapitated herself in order to chew through that cable. officials say charges are pending.
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au77 good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. brussels rocked by deadly terror attacks. explosions ripping through the airport and a subway station. scenes of sheer panic. >> at least 28 killed. many more injured. all of europe on high alert. the threat level being raised now here in the u.s. the latest live on the ground right now. >> announcer: live in times square, this is "good morning america." >> and good morning, america. we are live across the country right now in all time zones with the latest on those deadly terror attacks in belgium. three explosion, two at an airport one at a train station during their morning rush hour and we're going to see there passengers running for their lives across the european capital. >> with we know right now is that at least 28 people are
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dead, dozens more injured. americans told to shelter in place in belgium and here in the u.s., police are ramping up security as you can imagine. we have team coverage of the latest and right now we are going to turn to abc's alex marquardt who has been there virtually from the very beginning there at the scene at the airport in brussels. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning, robin. can you see behind me the heavy police presence still around the perimeter around zaventem airport, one of the biggest in europe and buses like this ferrying passengers away. there have been thousands of people coming out describing scenes of chaos inside, debris everywhere. bloodshed, pandemonium with people running across the tarmac running for their lives, smoke billowing out of the terminal. we smelled it ourselves acrid. smelled like burring tires. as you noted the terror alert level has been raised to 4, the liest level in brussels. the american embassy telling its sit tens to shelter in place,
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alert level 4 means there is the possibility of a serious and imminent attack on top of the two attacks we've seen today, double bombing here at the airport, one of which was at least a suicide bomber and another bombing at a metro station downtown that claimed the lives of 15 people. now, intelligence offs have been dreading this moment. they have been expecting more attacks to happen ever since those paris attacks that claimed the lives of 130 people. intelligence offs going to bed every night fearing they would be woken up by a call about more terrorist attacks and it appears that is exactly what has happened in morning. >> it does appear that way, all right, alex, thank you. to an eyewitness. david crunell was in the brussels airport when he heard the first explosion. tell us what you saw and heard. >> about 8 a.m. i was dropping off my luggage near the international departure terminal and i heard the first explosion
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with a lot of dust and the fake ceiling started to collapse. about two or three seconds after that the second explosion on the other side of the terminal, same smoke, same noise, same people screaming everywhere so in just about a few seconds everybody run out and we quickly saw injured people and a few people laying on the ground near the entrance and we saw a lot of people really badly injured with a lot of blood and we know it was even worse inside but we could not see anything because of the smoke. >> the second explosion was on the other side of the terminal. how far separated from what you could tell were the explosions? >> it's not that far. it's maybe like 30 or 40 meters so basically in the same big room but i heard the first and saw the smoke right next to me on my left and two seconds on my right so really close to each
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other. >> how far were you from the explosions explosions? >> less than 20 meters. that's why one of my ears is a bit damaged and i can't very well on one side but it's okay. i'm very lucky. >> well, thank goodness for that. describe the extent of the damage you saw in the terminal. >> terminal, the ceiling was really collapsing and a lot of glass around so i saw a lot of people injured because of the glass explosion and there was a lot of blood on their hands, face and on their clothes, of course. i saw about 40 people injured around me right next to me but i could not see everybody from the other side of the terminal. but we quickly heard that people were dead inside. the police told us that maybe 20 minutes after it happened. >> in those moments immediately after the attack we're seeing some of the video right now.
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what did they tell you to do? where did you go? >> nobody told us anything. it's like when the first explosion happened, i quickly saw the face -- i immediately saw the face of everyone like they were ready for something like that to happen and they were like, oh, my god, now it's happening so let's go out, everybody went out. there was no panic, movement or whatever. everybody was really taking care of each other but people were reallying showed, of course. >> i can imagine. and thank goodness, though, daniel that you weren't more seriously hurt and thank you for sharing what you saw this morning. we want to turn to wabc mallory hoff at jfk airport right now and mallory, what are you seeing at the airport this morning? what kind of heightened security? >> reporter: well, george, just in the last few minutes we're actually seeing additional police officers here but before that it was pretty much business as usual. if you take a look you can see folks coming and going this morning. port authority police say they'll be stepping up security at jfk, laguardia and newark,
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they'll have heavy weapons and also high visibility anti-terrorist patrols at the world trade center. there are a handful of direct flights to brussels that do leave out of jfk, we're told those flights have all been canceled. all other flights, though, this morning are on time. right now we do know that the nypd is monitoring the situation as far as any further developments. we're told we can expect an increased law enforcement presence at major new york city locations, subways, major transit spots, we're told this is all out of an abundance of caution and i have spoken with a number of passengers here this morning. they tell me there is certainly some level of anxiety when it comes to traveling here today but they say right now their hears are with the people in brussels. george. back to you. >> mallory, thanks very much. >> ours too and joining us is the former police commissioner ray kelly and also pierre thomas and hearing that report is what you would expect here in the city, taking the precautions.
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>> precisely, you're going to see a lot more uniformed officers at key locations in new york city, obviously in the subway and at the airport, port authority police, very competent agency in charge of the airport. they'll beef it up. but, you know, you can only do so much. and i think, you know, the real test is whether or not there's intelligence certainly any intelligence coming from europe that will affect us so a lot of things that you won't see have been put into motion. >> exactly what we won't see which is so key. >> exactly. >> and that's good. we should. you know, sometimes we try and say too much and it's good to know that the things are taking place without us knowing about it. >> yeah, there are people who they want to talk to and will be talking to. >> and knocking on the door in informants and knock on the door that -- let them know they're being watched. that they're aware of them. >> pierre, i've been e-mailing back and forth with martha raddatz. she had a good point hearing the video from the metro and you hear those screams and the darkness and the panic and she
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brought up a really good point. she said, you know, this is what terror is all about. the places where we're supposed to feel safe they want us to panic like this. >> exactly and they know they will get, you know, a lot of coverage, coverage over and over, moos those images will be seen part of the terror they're trying to enact. the top law enforcement officials have been briefed. the attorney general, fbi director, homeland security director jeh johnson, secretary jeh johnson in the office working i'm being told and no specific credible threat tied to this here in the united states but the concern going forward is copycats. going to see stepped up security at mass transit throughout the country particularly in major cities today. >> all right. >> okay, pierre, thanks very much. let's bring in our chief global affairs anchor martha raddatz. we'll have an increased security presence at home and heard about terror threat levels being raised across europe. >> reporter: they have been,
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george and will remain that way for awhile i'm sure until they have caught all members of this terror cell and that certainly is a long way off. what they struck in the middle of an investigation, in the middle of a terror alert when they feared that athe arrest of abdeslam, the surviving paris attacker, after they arrested him they feared that would trigger an attack and, yet, those attackers went to such a high profile place, an airport. they clearly wanted to instill terror in everyone to say you are safe nowhere. that is the idea of these terrorist attacks but particularly when you look at an airport. we are so concerned about security at an airport. we're so concerned about terrorists getting on an airplane, so that terrorists go after the area where you don't even really think about it. where you're getting ready to board that airplane and there's really own so much they can do
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and how far back to you move that perimeter and start securing an airport without it interrupting international, domestic, all the commerce we do every single day. >> meantime, martha raddatz, abdeslam still in custody in belgium right now. the question is what can we learn from him. >> reporter: i'm sure over the past several days they've been trying to learn everything they possibly can. i'm sure the interrogation is ongoing. exactly what he may have known about this. we don't know what they're getting from him. but we know there was a fear that his arrest could trigger a terror attack, could say to the terrorist cell out there, this is the time to do it because they're going to start looking for anyone in this terror cell, but, of course, george, as you know they've been looking for people in the terror cell and looking for abdeslam since november when we were there and locked down the city of brussels
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because they were so fearful that something would happen then and that likely delayed a terrorist attack with the presence on the street but clearly it didn't stop them. >> amazing that he was able to get from paris to brussels and hide out there for four months as you say. martha, thanks very much. >> something we want gto get pat but it's four month, four months. terry moran, you're shaken by this. >> reporter: it struck right across europe as so many others have. take a look at the foreign minister of the european union. federico margarmargarini in jor saying we need an islam of peace praising jordan's efforts in this area and she said today is a difficult day and was overcome in a natural and intense human reaction just dissolved into tears there and was comforted by the jordanian foreign minister.
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that captures the sense of vulnerability right across this couldn't nepts. this is obviously not the first time. not the first attack. and cities like london where i am right now are bracing for the next one. there is a sense of foreboding that europe itself is becoming a battlefield. certainly that is the goal of isis and other yi haddist organizations and this sense that there are lone wolves or self-radicalizing cells is giving way in europe to a very dangerous concern and fear for your neighbors, for the thousands of europeans who have gone to fight in jihadist groups in syria, many of them have returned. this is a problem that europe is going to be facing for years and this is tack in the capital of europe in many ways just drives home the emotions you saw there
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on the eu foreign minister when she was simply overwhelmed. not just with the tragedy of this attack but with what it symbolizes for the future of daily life here in europe. >> it has, seeing her emotion like that and a phrase we don't like to hear but people say the new normal, is this the new normal in europe? no. >> reporter: no is what one wants to say, certainly what europeans are getting angry about this. not just overwhelmed with emotion but downright angry and that can be a dangerous political reaction but that sense that people have to accustom themselves to the possibility when they go about their daily business that there's going to be a mass attack in the great cities of europe is something that the governments here will rise or fall on if they cannot take care of that problem and address those fears as these attacks happen. >> thank you for your reporting, terry. thank you. the latest on these terror attacks all morning long.
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scene of four hearses driving past our position and understand there were 11 people killed here at the airport in that double bombing, one of which we know now was the suicide bombing so that drops the death toll down 26 but it's hard to tell where this is going to go. there are many people who have been wounded so the death toll could easily grow. meanwhile, brussels has raised the alert level. belgium has raise the alert level to 4, the highest possible fearing a possible imminent attack and know there have been two attacks one at the airport and one at a metro station downtown in central brussels, the entire metro system, the entire public transit system of brussels has been shut down so that includes the buses, trams and the trains. this is a city really that is paralyzed, is panicking and so many people asking whether this was connected to salah abdeslam who was the lone surviving
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terrorist from the paris attacks in november that killed 130 people. we don't know for the moment whether he's directly tied to it but we know just yesterday we were told by a senior belgian official that his arrest could trigger more attacks. what we're also hoping to discover is what abdeslam is telling investigators, the first big piece of information that he's told interrogators since he was arrested friday is that he was meant to be among the suicide bombers of those november 13th attacks, for whatever reason heing baaed out and now given the movements he made over the course of the past four month here in brussels, given what the police have found over the course of over a hundred raids in terms of ammunition stockpiles, weapons stockpiles, traces of explosive, it's clear more attacks were in the works. belgium's foreign minister saying abdeslam was looking to
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restart something from brussels and what's also very worrying is that they knew that he had an extensive support network. that's the only way that someone like him can hide for four months, the only way someone can hide in the neighborhood where he grew up. found about 500 yards away from his family's home so he had a very strong support network. we knew that but now the authorities are saying that it's bigger than they originally thought, not just in terms of support but in logistics worrying not discuss for belgian authorities but authorities all across europe. >> it's a city that's paralyzed age a city considered the capital of europe and you've been talking to eyewitness. >> we'll bring in ian mccafferty who was on the metro during the he can explosion. what did you hear? >> yeah, i jumped off the metro just one stop before where the explosion took place. i was just walking up the stairs coming to the ground level as there was a loud kind of a large
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blanketed thud and cloud of dust rose up into the air. it was kind of a choked the metro station and that was just as we were walking out. some people really picked up the pace then but, of course, you have to realize in brussels there's a lot of construction. there there's lots of noises we continental always attribute to a source so still an unease, it was only when we got to the top of the stairs and saw the soldiers eagerly evacuating the metro station that a little bit more panic kicked in. >> to be clear you heard only one thud. there had been some reports of multiple explosions, you heard only one. >> there have been different reports but just to clarify when i first heard this noise it wasn't entirely clear that it was an explosion and only since found out it was afterwards. this is how these situations tend to unravel. you figure out what's going on a little bit later. at the time there was just mass
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confusion. there was one loud thud and a shake and after that we were quickly -- the station was quickly evacuated. >> you were about a taste away as you say. did you see any of the injured, any of the casualties? >> we saw the extent of the evacuation of the metro stations along the street. the area where we're in, one long main street that runs from the city center towards the european quarter where the european commission, the european parliament and whatnot are located so obviously this is an area that is very densely populated with a lot of commuters that the timing of the blast as well is such that there were a lot of people in the station at the time so mainly what i tended to do was a lot of people out on the streets, a lot of confusion, some running, some crying, some standing and staring in disbelief and you know in these situations you try to make sense of it by looking at the reaction of the people around you. nobody really knows what's going on so that was the main sort of scene at the time and since then
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we've just been trying to piece together what actually happened. >> how would you describe the feeling in brussels right now? >> right now after what is potential terrorist attacks obviously a high degree of concern and consternation. you know, we have in this area here the european quarter, all the buildings are closed. people have been advised to stay in. initially they were advised to stay away from windows so there is a sense of kind of lockdown right now. i mean the most important thing for all of us was to get to friends, family and loved ones to make sure everyone is okay and obviously very upsetting to hear about the tragic loss of life that happened this morning, as well. >> we all are. i can only imagine what you're going through right now. thanks for joining us and sharing your story. >> glad he's doing okay. now we got to turn to abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross who covers isis for us. what does this type of attack, brian, tell us coming on the heels of the terror arrest in
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belgium? >> well, what it tells us this is a terror cell that was directed, supported and organized by isis central command in syria. a part of the training if one person is captured alive they are told to assume that the cell is compromised and that they will soon be arrested themselves which of course would trigger kind of attack we saw this morning, the fact that abdeslam was taken alive and they would assume he would begin to talk and reveal their whereabouts. >> we were talking to pierre thomas about this, you know, we talk about how isis has infiltrated there and in europe and people want to know what about ear in the u.s.? what are the chances of something like that happening here on our soil? >> reporter: well, i think there's less of a chance because it's harder for these groups to get in and what we've seen for the most part in the u.s. is that the attacks that are linked to people say they'rive threatic to isis are essentially self-motivated self-radicalized
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with a less -- a much less of the indications of a direct connection to the central can't of isis. >> that is true. all right, brian, thank you. >> we'll take a short break right now and we'll continue with this live kochlg of though deadly terror attacks across belgium, one at the airport, one of the metro and there's the scene in brussels. more from the scene all the latest in just a moment.
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>> ♪ >> good morning, i'm tamala edwards. 8:27 now on this tuesday march 22nd. let's head over to karen rogers. she's starting with the schuylkill. good morning. >> good morning, tam. looking at the schuylkill expressway no major problems but big jams because it's the schuylkill expressway. we're looking live here at the boulevard westbound on your right jamming approaching the boulevard to gladwyne. eastbound is heavy from the boulevard to girard. we do have a new accident in montgomery county and we're hearing there are people injured on the scene here. route 100 northbound at county line road. we've got police there as well. cheltenham township montgomery county a problem here as well. an accident that's blocking a lane on church road at limekiln pike and this one has police and ambulance all on the scene right there. meanwhile you see the turnpike speeds of 20 miles an hour as you head westbound near willow grove. a new accident also in sicklerville camden county. we seem to get a bunch coming in now. this is sicklerville road at berlin cross keys road right
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by that big shopping area there so we have police on the scene with there one as well so be careful driving out there but no big weather related problems. tam. >> thank you karen. now let's go out to meteorologist, david murphy. it looks good out there. >> yeah, it's a pleasant morning. we need a coat because it's a little chilly. 37 degrees right in you in philadelphia and still below freezing in allentown and reading. but lots of sun. not much wind this morning. and this afternoon more of the same. we'll go sunny to partly sunny skies. 57 is your high. winds lighter than yesterday. tomorrow turning warmer, 70 is the high, lots of sun and then more clouds around as we go through the day on thursday but another very nice high of 75 degrees on thursday. a near record high. there will be some showers at night, perhaps spilling into friday morning. otherwise good friday dries in the afternoon with a high of 64. and then sunny on saturday in the 50's and easter sunday for now looks dry. clouds, some sun and a high in the low 60's. tam. >> okay, sounds good. thank you david. that's it for "action news." we go to the back to the special coverage in brussels on abc.
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welcome back to "gma." we are live across the country with the latest on that breaking news this morning. there you see new images inside the airport in brussels when explosions set off by a suicide bomber. two explosions went off at 8 a.m. their time several hours ago. another explosion in the metro of brussels, belgium, as well. right now 26 are dead from those blasts, dozens injured. >> u.s. citizens in belgium have been told to shelter in place this morning as the terror alert in belgium raises to the highest level. level 4. there is concern about possibly more attacks to follow. >> that's right. we want to go right to alex marquardt on the scene at the brussels airport. been there in the moments after the explosions this morning. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning, george. that's right. the belgium authorities have just revised their death toll saying that 11 people were killed here at zaventem airport
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in that double explosion this morning. at least one of those explosions caused by a suicide bomber so as you mentioned the overall death toll, 26 including 15 at that metro station downtown but with around 90 people wounded that death toll is expected to rise. this is a city that has been paralyzed. not just by panic but physically. the entire transit system of the city has been shut down. after that attack on the metro, the entire metro system, the entire tram system, the entire train station. now, train system, this is not just a european city. this is the capital of europe and that's no exaggeration, a city that is home to some of the biggest institutions, the european union, nato and, of course, all of the embassies, america has three different ambassadors here so this is an absolutely crucial country in the way that europe funks and that's why it's so symbolic. now, the u.s. embassy has put out a warning to its citizens to
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shelter in place. that comes in light of the raising of the terror alert level to 4 and until this morning it had been a 3 which was the second highest. it is now at its highest level calling belgian authorities still fear what they're calling a serious and imminent attack. >> thank you. we want to talk to now another eyewitness. she was at the airport and saw the bomb itself and the explosion. can you tell us, first of all, how are you and what did you see? ketevan, can you hear me? >> can you hear me. >> yes, i can here you. >> now i'm still in the airport with thousands of passengers after the explosion we were told to be here and no one knows how long we can stay here. i came in the airport in the morning at 7:00 and i saw a lot
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of police and armed soldiers. much more than usual, you know, that after the paris attacks and imminent threats about the government members were making statements, there were so many soldiers in the street and in the airport but today it was something more. you know, and i was standing in the departure hall on the first floor in front of the brussels airlines ticket office and buying my tickets to geneva and next to me less than a meter in less than a meter it was a delta air lines ticket office and first explosion was there, i saw, you know, what you remember because everyone were in a state of shock. i saw the black item, big black item. i don't know, it was a bag, suitcase or something, i don't
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know what it was, but it has a flame and in a second everything was in smoke and it was shock and we were standing on the right side and left side and crying and old people were on the floor and in three seconds there was second explosion and each was such terrible, you know, such terrible sound and we didn't see anything around us. and we were waiting for the third one, you know and don't know what to do. >> and was there anybody helping you, anybody there? >> no. >> anybody? >> no, no, no, no one was there. we were alone there and you know it was something like we were looking at each other speechless and can't do anything, anything.
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and then, then this explosion was in front of the armed soldier because we saw them because they were patrolling the hall area and then at approximately 15 minutes, someone came and told us to leave and we left the place and we are still in the airport since then back here and nobody knows how long we can be here. >> hopefully that you'll get some help soon and they can tell you where to go but can you explain again you're saying you saw a flame coming out of a suitcase. >> yes. >> did it explode. did you see it explode? >> yes, yes, i saw the explosion -- the sound and this explosion at the same time and then nothing because everything was in the smoke and can't see.
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>> and how close were you? you're okay. you're not injured. >> yes, yes, no, no. >> and everyone is doing the best you can to help those who are? >> yes, we were together, some 20 people around us there were many dozens and blood and injuries, i'm a journalist walking here -- working here for eight years and first what i did when i realized that i'm alive i took pictures and put on the facebook and by my photo, even my colleagues find out what was going on in brussels. >> letting your colleagues know and people know as best you can. that's how social media, that's how we're able to determine so
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much that's going on. so you're still there in the airport. >> yes. >> other people are there. >> yes. >> you're not being told when you can leave or how you can leave. >> no, no, no, it's something very big hole near this airplanes where airplanes landing. there are a lot of crowd and they came out here with food and blankets and water and coffee and they telling us that we don't know. the threat is imminent still. >> well, ketevan, thank you for sharing what you went through today and just please know that we here in the u.s. and around the world we are thinking of you and -- >> thank you so much. thank you so much. >> thank you. you take care. thank you. >> possibly some new information there. about the black bag because we
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heard one of the explosions was caused by a suicide bomber happening in the middle of a presidential campaign. tom llamas covering that and already have some candidates weighing in. >> that's right, good morning. with these attacks still so fresh, donald trump is saying those types of attacks reinforce some of his most popular and some of his most controversial policy proposals, namely stronger borders that we need to be tougher on immigration in this country and need to be careful when it comes to syrian immigrants, now he has put out a tweet this morning posting on twitter, earlier this morning, do you all remember how beautiful and safe a place brussels was? not anymore. it is far from a different world. u.s. must be vigilant and smart. now, he's also calls brussels a total mess even before these attacks, he says it's a total mess because of the immigration problems there. he's also mentioned abdeslam, the paris attacker now in custody when asked if he would be open to torture.
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if he were to be president, what he would do to abdeslam in custody right now says whatever needs to be done to get information out of him which would include waterboarding, obviously within the laws but says at a'like this when you have a prisoner like abdeslam you have to do whatever you can to get information out of him. not the first time donald trump has used terror attacks overseas to connect him to his policies in the u.s. after the paris attacks he says that proves that more people need guns when those gunmen shot and killed those innocent people at the cafes and restaurants in paris, he said if more people were armed they could have fought back. he's also rye fused to use the term mastermind when you talk about terror attacks. he calls these people cowards. governor john kasich has weighed in saying we need to redouble our efforts in europe with our allies to take the war on terror closer into the communities throughout europe and also, george, you know, we need to remind viewers today is a voting day in arizona and utah on the
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republican side. >> and democrats voting in idaho, as well. tom, thanks very much. quick break and come back with all the latest on terror attacks in belgium.
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we shall's back with live coverage of those terror attacks. two explosions in the belgium airport and explosion in the brussels metro station. at least 26 people reported killed. dozens injured, as well. the entire country shut down right now. airport and public transportation. we're joined by an eyewitness evan lamos at the train station when it happened. we'll show some of the video you shot early this morning from the subway. tell us what you were able to see and hear. >> sure, so i was on the metro in between the arts-loi station and maelbeek station so we felt a small what blast of wind and thudding sounds which apparently were explosions and the metro stopped and the power turned off, engine turned off and heard announcements over the intercome
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saying there had been some kind of disruption on the line, on the metro line working to resolve it. and about two or three minutes later someone came from the front of the metro to the back of the metro. i was in the last car and they opened the door and installed a ladder and had us evacuate on to the tracks where we walked back towards the arts-loi metro station where we had come from and eventually up on to the street and evacuated out of the area. >> you said explosions so did you hear more than one thud? >> after the metro stopped we could hear some thudding in the distance. it wasn't really clear to us what it was. it wasn't immediately clear that this was an attack, we just kind of felt this little burst of wind and heard some -- what might sound like thunder in the distance. >> how far were you from the station where the explosions occurred? >> so, i was on the metro in between the next station and the
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one where the explosions occurred. so i was on -- one metro away from the one -- if i had taken one metro earlier i would have been on the metro that had the explosions. >> how did people react when all this was going down? pretty calm? >> well, i think there was a lot of nervousness in the beginning. there was an attack this morning at the brussels airport and a lot of people, myself included were reading about that on our phones as we were commuting to work. so immediately when the metro stopped i think there was some tenseness and nervousness inside of the metro, people started whispering and talking about the fact that there had been an explosion at the airport and then as we started evacuating it was clear that there was something that was really wrong. that being said everyone stayed pretty calm. there was one person who was jumping over metro seats to get ahead of other people to evacuate. but for the rest there were passengers helping other passengers to get down the ladder. there were passengers helping other passengers to carry their
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kids, their strollers, and everyone just kind of calmly and quickly walked towards the exit. >> this was about an hour after an hour or so after the explosions at the airport? >> i believe so. i'm not entirely clear when the explosions happened at the airport. this was a little bit after 9:00 in the morning. >> yeah, that would be about an hour. we were told the explosions in the airport occurred around 8 a.m. it seems -- are you back in your apartment now? >> i'm at my office so i'm -- i'm working for a media organization here in brussels and i'm in the international press center here in brussels just behind the european commission. >> and what's the scene like around you in the streets around you? >> i haven't been out for the last few hours, but the immediate reaction after i was evacuated at first no one really knew what to do. this is an area where there's a lot of office workers. there were a lot of people trying to get to their office and then once it was clear that there was something really wrong, people were trying to figure out what was happening
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and what they should do. whether they should try to make their way to their office or whether they should go home so it was kind of city at a standstill not city at panic but standstill then the police quickly locked the area down and evacuated people even fourther away. >> stay safe, evan. thanks for joining us this morning. >> thanks very much. >> i can't imagine being on the metro and then getting a message about the bombing at the airport. we're going to turn back to abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz with the latest of what we know about the terror activity there in europe. martha? >> well, they're still trying to figure out they have gone after what they say are suspects in looking for them in brussels, whether they were people that they have since learned were involved in this because of either capturing another suspect or if they identified the suicide bomber we don't know but imagine, robin, that scene at the airport, right there, can you imagine how many people had large suitcases there? in many ways that's a perfect
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target for isis because you can roll in those bags, any of those bags you're looking at could have contained a bomb so, indeed, if it turns out to be a suitcase it wouldn't have been at all hard to get that into that departure area in the airport, i have been to that very place several times and most recently in november right after the city was in lockdown but the destruction you see from that bomb or two bombs that we know of is an indication that that was a very, very powerful bomb if it takes down those cement barriers, if it has and i'm sure that's not right next to where the bomb exploded but that smoke a very powerful bomb and looking for everyone they can at this point. >> you referred to the suitcases and when we talked to an eyewitness a short time ago talking about seeing what appeared to be a suit. case and flame and thinking that a part of the he can explosion could have come from that. all right. martha, thank you very much.
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we'll take another short break and be back in just a moment.
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and we're back now with the latest on those deadly terror attacks in europe this morning in belgium. two attacks one at the airport and one at a metro station, at least 26 people dead right now. dozens more injured. that is the scene of people evacuating the airport. they happened just after 8 a.m. local time in brussels. about 3 a.m. here on the east coast, want to bring in our terror expert richard clarke, former white house cou counterterrorism adviser and matt olsen. dick, let me pick up on something i was talking to martha about. we have salah abdeslam in custody right now. the europeans have him in custody right now. what more can they be doing to get more information from him about these attacks and the
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connection he may or may not have had to them? >> well, george, i think it's highly likely he was arrested he knew these attacks were being planned and certainly knew the identities probably of the cell because after he was arrested, the belgian police and interior minister said two things, one, we're anticipating attacks coming in the very near future and, two, the cell network is much bigger than we thought it was. so he said something or they found materials in the apartment that they raided that indicated something. they, of course, like us on to the obama administration they're not going to use torture and torture in my opinion at least doesn't work anyway. the information you get from it is unreliable. but they are going to try to persuade him in every way they can that he needs to cooperate more because as clearly a much bigger cell network. they need to find it so there's
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not another round of these attacks in the very near future. >> we knew that was planned and see what we know about the attack so far, two attacks, different locations, similar method, very much like the paris attacks. >> exactly. almost exactly like the paris attacks, orchestrated, coordinated. this is the concern that we've had for the last several years of a fallout out of syria that these kind of attacks are quite possible given the flow of fighters and the threat we face. >> okay. matt olsen, dick clarke, thanks very much. our coverage will continue staying on. these attacks all morning long and we'll be right back. when heartburn hits
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we have a few new accidents. this one is partially blocking the ramp from the blue route northbound approaching route one media bypass. and northbound is already jammed from i-95 to approaching route one northbound on the blue route you see that accident. looks like they have it off to the side and trying to pull it out of there. meanwhile an accident moved to the shoulder here on the turnpike. this is eastbound past downingtown. so you want to expect slowing. we're seeing speeds of about 43 miles an hour. also westbound at fort washington yet another accident here blocks the left lane going about 29 miles an hour here. so westbound really slowing approaching willow grove to approaching fort washington with that accident there. another one blocking a lane here on church road at limekiln pike. we've got police and ambulance on the scene with that one, tam. >> okay, thank you karen. now let's head out to ease got pretty nice news. >> lots of bright sunshine this morning tam that's for sure. take a look. winds are light. 40 degrees is your current temperature so we're starting to improve a bit after a startup temperature closer to the freezing mark. and this afternoon 57 degrees a bit milder than yesterday
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not as windy and nice. turning warmer tomorrow a high of 70's and then near record warmth on thursday way high of 75. a thursday night and friday morning shower is possible. then cooler on friday but still nice, 64. drying in the afternoon. 57 saturday and 63 on easter sunday. tam. >> okay, thank you, david. coming up on "action news at noon we continue to following breaking developments in brussels where more than two dozen people have been killed in terror attacks at a airport and train station. stay with us for live team coverage on this investigation and the effect it's having on security in the u.s. "live with kelly and michael" next up here on 6abc. i'm tamala edwards. have a great tuesday. >> ♪ at wegmans we believe the best way to help you
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good morning, america. breaking news, brussels under attack, at least three explosions rocked the european capital. a suicide bomber reportedly targets the crowded airport. >> there were explosions in the main building. >> ceilings collapsing, witnesses running for their lives. >> smoke, water dripping from the ceiling. >> another blast rocks a metro station just days after a major suspect in the paris terror attacks is arrested. americans in europe told to shelter in place. nypd set to ramp up security here in new york. the hunt is on right now for who's behind these blasts.


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