A suspected suicide terrorist attack at a Brussels airport left 34 people dead and 106 injured. The city was locked down immediately after the attack to prevent any suspects leaving the city.
“There are some 20 people dead and 106 people injured. 17 people are severely injured,” said Yvan Mayeur, Mayor of the city.
Around 8:00am two explosions happened in the main hall of the Zaventem Airport while third explosion happened at Maalbeek metro station which is in the proximity of European Union headquarters. The station was busy with morning commuters as it was the rush hour. The attack happened days after a suspected Paris terrorist attacker Salah Abdeslam was arrested by the police from a Brussels neighborhood where most immigrants live. Eye witnesses informed media that there were shouts in Arabic moments before the blasts occurred. Brussels is a main meeting point for European tourists and officials and serve over 23 million passengers every year.
Immediately after the attacks were reported security was tightened at all airports and other sensitive areas in France, Germany and Britain. French President Hollande held an emergency meeting of his cabinet to review the security situation. British Prime Minister David Cameroon offered all possible help to Belgium to deal with this terrorist crisis.
European politicians labelled the terrorist attacks a challenge to European democracy and values. Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven branded the blasts an “attack against democratic Europe”, while British premier David Cameron tweeted: “I am shocked and concerned by the events in Brussels. We will do everything we can to help.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the West’s politics of “double standards”. She blamed the failed efforts in counter terrorism is the result of frozen relations between Russia and NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin in his past statements blame America and Europe for their crazy policies of regime change in Middle East that has resulted in destabilization.
President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Belgian Capital of Brussels. In a statement, they said the world must put up a joint resistance and fight against terrorism. They said no religion allows the barbaric and inhuman acts of killing fellow human beings.