Three deadly terrorist blasts rocked the Belgian capital Tuesday, leaving more than 30 dead at the Brussels airport and a metro station and striking fear in the heart of the European Union just days after a manhunt captured a key suspect in last year’s Paris massacres. The apparently coordinated explosions — including at least one by a suicide bomber at the airport — created a renewed sense of threat that spilled far beyond Brussels, as authorities boosted police patrols in cities such as Paris, London and Washington. The attacks started just before 8 a.m. Brussels time, when one blast ripped through the departure hall of the Brussels airport, followed shortly by another one near the other end of the terminal, where people had already started to run for cover.
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