Armed Police in Belgium Arrest Three Brussels Terror Suspects as Manhunt Expands for Others

March 22, 2016 Updated: March 22, 2016
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Armed police officers in Belgium have apprehended three suspects believed to have a hand in the terror attacks on Brussels, but more are “still at large” the Belgian Foreign Ministry said.

A dramatic stand-off in the city center ended with two men being held at gunpoint by police before being arrested, reported the Daily Mail.

The manhunt has expanded across Europe with other countries pledging their assistance.

The apprehensions took place just one mile from the Maelbeek subway station, where multiple bombs were detonated on Tuesday.

The attacks there came a short time after multiple explosions at the city’s airport.

In this photo provided by Georgian Public Broadcaster and photographed by Ketevan Kardava two women wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016. A developing situation left at least one person and possibly more dead in explosions that ripped through the departure hall at Brussels airport Tuesday, police said. All flights were canceled, arriving planes were being diverted and Belgium's terror alert level was raised to maximum, officials said. (Ketevan Kardava/ Georgian Public Broadcaster via AP)
Two women wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (Ketevan Kardava/ Georgian Public Broadcaster via AP)

Combined, the explosions have killed at least 34 people and wounded dozens of others.

A third suspect was arrested on a train near Amsterdam. 

“Police and special forces are looking for known members of any terror cell who may be planning more attacks. They will also round up anyone who may pose a threat to the public, or acting suspiciously, in an attempt to foil any more attacks,” the Mail said.

Belgian police are circulating a photo of a man they wish to question about the attack on the Zaventem airport.

The photo shows the man dressed in white, on the right. He’s thought to have some link to the explosions at the airport. The other men were later identified as likely suicide bombers.

No definite number of suspects has been given, but the manhunt has expanded across Europe with other countries pledging their assistance.

An Iraqi intelligence official said the attacks were not originally planned for Brussels but were switched there after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, believed to be the top man behind the Paris terror attacks late last year.

Among the partners in the hunt for suspects are the CIA and MI5.