BREAKING: Belgian nuclear power plants evacuated after Brussels terror attack

The Tihange power plant, an hour's drive from the Belgian capital in the province of Liege, and the Doel power plant in Antwerp have been cleared amid heightened fears of another attack.

Security has been stepped up at both Doel, which houses four reactors, and Tihange, which houses three.

Armed police and the Belgian military have been on site since the weekend following growing calls from the energy industry to beef up security at the potentially vulnerable plants.

Energy company Engie said all non-essential staff had been evacuated at the request of Belgian authorities. It follows after blasts at Brussels' airport and at a city centre metro station left at least 34 dead.ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for the atrocity.Schools and universities have also been evacuated and the European Parliament will remain closed until Thursday at the earliest.

The attacks, condemned as "blind, violent and cowardly" by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, came after the arrest in the city last week of terror mastermind Salah Abdeslam, who plotted November's Paris massacre.

Responding to the attacks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared Europe was "at war".

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