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Summary

  1. EU interior and justice ministers due to hold a crisis meeting in Brussels
  2. More than 60 people still in a critical condition following the blasts, medical officials say
  3. Two suicide bombers named by prosecutors as brothers Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui
  4. Airport blasts killed at least 11 while 20 died in explosion at Maelbeek metro station
  5. So-called Islamic State has said it was behind the attacks

Live Reporting

By Alastair Lawson

All times stated are UK

  1. Coverage concludes

    And that concludes our coverage for this evening, we will be resuming on Thursday morning.

    You can still follow the latest updates via the main news story.

  2. EU ministers set for difficult talks on Thursday

    As EU interior and justice ministers prepare for Thursday's talks in Brussels to discuss how to deal with jihadist attacks in Europe, the BBC's Katya Adler in the Belgian capital predicts that the meeting will not be an easy one. 

    Taking into account a forthcoming referendum in Britain on EU membership and recent strident nationalistic statements by some EU members, our correspondent says the idea of a more unified European response to the jihadist threat is "not going to be very digestible" for some European governments.

  3. 'This is political violence, not a war' - former IS hostage Nicolas Henin

    Nicolas Henin, the French journalist who was for months held hostage by the so-called Islamic State in Syria, writes in the Guardian newspaper that while the Brussels attacks had a lower death toll than those in Paris last November, they have a different significance.

    Quote Message: The Brussels attack marks the migration of terror from one country to the next. Suddenly everyone is saying: who is the terrorist, and where will they strike next – the UK? Germany? The Netherlands?

    But while Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui and, reports say, Najim Laachraoui performed their duty to die as "cannon fodder" for IS, Mr Henin says that the unwillingness to kill himself of another militant - Salah Abdeslam, who has been arrested - represents an opportunity.

    Quote Message: First in Paris and now in Brussels, he has twice refused to meet his death. Perhaps there are signs of hope in this, for it shows that if there is a weakness in Isis, it is that there are humans in its ranks

    Mr Henin says how Europe reacts now will be crucial - but, he says, the omens are not good. Already French President Francois Hollande has, he says, "fallen into the trap" of referring to this challenge as a war.

    Quote Message: We have seen large-scale political violence before in our history. If we adopt a militaristic, warlike vocabulary, there will be no way back from that. We will only strengthen our enemies
  4. Street and tunnels re-opened in Brussels - public broadcaster

    RTBF is now also reporting that the Rue de la Loi street and two tunnels closed after Tuesday's attacks have now re-opened. 

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  5. 'Love for all - hatred for no-one' - Belgian Muslims

    Earlier, a group of Belgian Muslims brought a message of peace to the centre of Brussels.

  6. Limited metro service in Brussels on Thursday

    Belgium's RTBF public broadcaster has reported that Brussels' metro system will be operating from 07:00 local time (08:00 GMT) to 19:00 only, and access to train stations will be limited.

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  7. The 'explosive of choice' used by terrorists in Brussels, Paris and London

    When Belgian police raided an apartment in the Schaerbeek area of Brussels, linked to the attackers, they found bomb-making materials, including 15kg (33lb) of TATP.

    This powerful DIY explosive was also used by terrorists in Paris and in the 2007 London bombings.

  8. Brussels explosions: What do we know so far?

    Picture taken with permission from the Facebook site of Jef Versele showing the aftermath of this morning's explosions at Brussels airport, 22 March

    Details are continuing to emerge about what happened yesterday, including the identities of the suicide bombers. A manhunt is still underway for a third airport attacker, so far unnamed, whose device failed to detonate.

    Here is a comprehensive round up what we know so far - and the suspected links between the Brussels and Paris terror attacks.

    Map of attack locations
    Links between Paris and Brussels attackers
  9. Response to IS in Iraq and Syria 'more promising than efforts in Europe'

    Daniel Byman, an extremism expert at Georgetown University and the Brookings Institution, writes in the New York Times that while the group Islamic State (IS) may be on the defensive in Iraq and Syria, it is lashing out abroad and Europe is emerging as a "key battleground".

    Mr Byman says that returnees from Syria and Iraq are linking up with locals, creating a "self-sustaining cycle of violence".

    Quote Message: The first volunteers were motivated primarily by adventure or out of a sense of defending their community, but now friends are recruiting friends, promising glory and God
    Quote Message: Across the Continent, Muslims often feel alienated from the broader population. In the US, many plots are disrupted because the American Muslim community reports them to the police and the FBI; such trust is lacking in Europe
    Quote Message: The rise of far-right, xenophobic political forces, like the National Front in France or Alternative for Germany, will do little to improve relations between European Muslims and their governments
    Quote Message: Unfortunately, the Western response in Iraq and Syria is much more promising than efforts to stop terrorism in Europe
  10. 'I had a chance to show... the world the face of terrorism'

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    Video caption: "I had a chance to show... the world the face of terrorism," Kate Kardava, journalist

    Journalist Kate Kardava was in Brussels airport at the time of the blasts. Photographs she took of the aftermath with her mobile phone have appeared in newspapers all over the world. She tells the BBC about her experience.

  11. Missing David Dixon is 'amazing man'

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    Video caption: Friend Simon Hartley-Jones says they are desperate for news of David Dixon

    A family friend of a British man missing in Brussels says they are desperate for news of an "amazing man who deeply, deeply loves his son".

  12. Brussels falls silent in remembrance

    BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler reports...

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    Video caption: The BBC's Katya Adler: "Brussels is still digesting the full horror of Tuesday's attacks"
  13. Brussels' Place de la Bourse 'resembles' Place de la Republique in Paris

    BBC Monitoring

    From BBC Monitoring:

    Belgium's RTBF correspondent reporting from Brussels' Place de la Bourse - where a large crowd has gathered to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks - says the square "has taken on the appearance of the Place de la Republique in Paris in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo and 13 November attacks".

    People gather at a makeshift memorial on the Place de la Bourse
  14. 'Respond with light' - candles lit in memory of Brussels victims

    People have been tweeting their tributes to those caught up in the Brussels attacks:

  15. Brussels airport employees take part in 'silent walk'

    Zaventem airport employees during a "silent walk"

    On Wednesday night, employees of Brussels' Zaventem airport took part in a "silent walk" to pay tributes to the victims of the attacks.

  16. 'We must find the former Belgium again - a country where we smiled at each other'

    BBC Monitoring

    In its special live coverage of the aftermath of the Brussels attacks, Belgian public service broadcaster RTBF continues to alternate between news updates, studio discussions with security experts and footage showing the crowds gathered in the Place de la Bourse in Brussels to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks. 

    Many people lit candles as darkness fell, and Moroccan, Tunisian, Turkish and other flags from all over the world were shown displayed alongside the Belgian flag.

    One woman told the RTBF interviewer that she had come with her family in order to express her solidarity and "to find again the former Belgium". Asked what this Belgium meant to her, she said it was a country "in which people used to smile at each other and talk to each other".