Toulouse–Blagnac Airport in southern France has been evacuated for security reasons, police say. The evacuation of the airport started from early Wednesday morning. Passengers on board planes were also being disembarked. According to a France TV channel, a suspicious package was the reason for the evacuation. France Bleu newspaper reported that military and police patrols have been deployed in the airport. It wrote that troops have arrived to secure the tracks and the area around the airport. They are conducting patrols, with identity checks and vehicle searches.
France had already stepped up security measures in the wake of Tuesday bomb attacks in Brussels that was claimed by the Daesh terrorist group. Two bombers blew themselves up at the Zaventem airport, killing at least 11 people and injuring over 90 others. Shortly after the attacks on the airport, another explosion was reported at the Maelbeek metro station in Brussels, where 20 people are thought to have been killed and 106 others injured. The bombers, believed to be brothers, have been identified as Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui, reports say.
Belgian authorities also identified the third suspect as Najim Laachraoui, who is said to be the chief bomb maker. He fled the scene after the deadly bombings at the airport and is wanted by the police.