AMMAN, JORDAN (MARCH 22, 2016) (REUTERS) – The EU’s foreign policy chief said it was a “sad day for Europe” on Tuesday (March 22) after two explosions tore through Brussels airport earlier in the day, killing at least 13 people in what Belgian public broadcaster VRT called a suicide attack.
A further blast struck a metro station in the Belgian capital shortly afterwards.
“We are still waiting for more precise news on the dynamics of the attacks in Brussels but it is quite clear that the roots of the pain we are suffering around our region are very much the same and that we are united in not only suffering our victims but also reacting to these acts and preventing radicalisation and violence together,” she said.
In a joint news conference, Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh, also condemned the attacks, saying they were “criminal, terrorist acts”.
The blasts at the airport and metro station occurred four days after the arrest in Brussels of a suspected participant in November militant attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Belgian police had been on alert for any reprisal action.