Police find Kalashnikov assault rifle with body of Brussels attacker

A Belgian soldier outside Maalbeek metro station in Brussels
A Belgian soldier outside Maalbeek metro station in Brussels

At least 34 people are feared dead after a series of explosions in Brussels this morning this morning.

Belgian public broadcaster VRT raised the death toll from Tuesday's twin attacks in Brussels to 34, with 20 people killed in the blast on a metro train and 14 in explosions at the airport.

It has been confirmed that one explosion was a suicide attack, according to the federal prosecutor.

Police are conducting searches in the Belgian capital as Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders has said the authorities fear that suspects involved in the deadly attacks at Brussels airport and a metro station could still be at large.

"The inquiry is still ongoing... because we fear that people are still at large," Reynders told RTBF television after a news briefing in the Belgian capital.

The explosions were followed by another at a Brussels Metro Station, close the EU institutions in the Maelbeek area of the city.

Police have also revealed that they have found a Kalashnikov assault rifle next to dead attacker at Brussels airport.