Poor beleaguered Brussels suffered another setback today, March 22, after a deadly terrorist attack at the airport departure hall this morning that took the lives of 36 people and injuring another 176. The city has declared a stage 4 emergency and is asking all residents and visitors to stay in their homes or hotels. The attack, for which ISIS has taken the blame, has turned the world of tourism and the aviation industry upside down. According to eturbonews the American Embassy echoes the request for a shutdown advising U.S. citizens in Brussels to stay indoors. The U.K. Foreign Office is ready to assist British nationals in Brussels. Brussels prosecutor confirmed the attack in Brussels was a suicide terror attack. Only the second time after World War Two this city is in lock down.
The Guardian reports, in the latest news, that elgian Broadcaster VTM said that a photograph released by federal prosecutors earlier today shows the two suicide bombers responsible for the attack on Zaventem airport, though this has not yet been confirmed by Belgian police. The men, who were captured on the picture were dressed in black, armed with kalashnikovs, and seen wheeling baggage trolleys through the airport.Also in the Guardian was a statement from Belgian police appealing for help identifying those three men along with a statement from Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, that called the despicable incident a “black day” for Belgium, saying: “What we feared has happened.”
Other news sources quoted that President Barack Obama pledged to “do whatever is necessary” to help Belgian authorities. His French counterpart, François Hollande, said terrorists had “struck Brussels, but it was Europe that was targeted, and all the world that is concerned,” Experts say that this was a coordinated terror attack in Brussels on the airport and the subway system. At least 10 are confirmed dead in the subway station. A hot line has been established for families and friends who can call +32 -2-7537300 for information.
Today’s tragedy has dealt another blow to tourism in Belgium and other parts of Europe as fears mount about the safety of air travel and other targeted countries. In late breaking news, eturbonews reported that Brussels Airport chief executive Arnaud Feist has confirmed that all flights into or out of the airport are canceled for today, March 22.. He said, “On behalf of the entire airport community, I would like to extend our warmest condolences to the family and friends of the victims of these cowardly and heinous acts. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the emergency and rescue services, passengers and staff for their compassion, solidarity and help. This is without doubt the blackest day in the history of Brussels Airport.”