#BrusselsAttacks: Politicians’ thoughts are with victims of attacks and their families

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After Madrid, London and Paris, the terror has now hit Brussels, the capital of Europe. On Tuesday morning (22 March), several bombs exploded in the city. Shortly after 8h in the morning, two explosions were reported at Brussels airport (Zaventem) and killed at least eleven people. The number of victims might rise as several injured people are still in hospital.

Only one hour after the airport explosions, another bomb exploded on the Brussels’ metro at Maalbeek station, a very busy metro station in the heart of Brussels, close to all EU institutions. Here, allegedly 10 people have been killed.

Of course the bad news spread quickly, and several politicians expressed their thought on Twitter.

Schulz attacks Paris Twitter

The European Parliament’s President Martin Schulz (pictured) tweeted in English: “My thoughts with Brussels and its citizen after these heinous attacks.” He also recommended everyone to stay in a safe place and to “follow instructions of authorities”.

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the Commission, was in a meeting at Berlaymont (the Commission building) and had his spokesman Margaritis Schinas tweeting:

Junckers spokesman

Other politicians, who are not in Belgium at the moment, joined the Twitter condolences. Steffen Seibert, spokesman of the German Government and Angela Merkel said: “The disgusting attacks in Brussels let us stand close together: Solidarity with the victims + strong resoluteness against terrorists.”

Steffen Seibert

The French  President Francois Hollande announced his solidarity, too: “I’m expressing my entire solidarity with the people of Belgium. Through the attacks in Brussels, whole Europe has been attacked.” France has been hit by several terrorist attacks earlier, for example when Islamic terrorists killed critical journalists at satiric media outlet Charlie Hebdo or when terrorists killed 130 victims in Paris last November.

Hollande Twitter

One of the terrorists who was involved in the Paris attacks was arrested in Brussels last Friday (18 March). Salah Abdeslam had been on the run for four months and is now imprisoned in Bruges in Belgium, where he is fighting his extradition to France. Since today’s (22 March) attacks in Brussels are very close to his capture, the arrest might have been the trigger for the Brussels attacks.

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