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Foreign Affairs Minister says Jamaicans in Brussels safe

Published:Tuesday | March 22, 2016 | 3:37 PM
People queue for buses behind a policeman in Brussels today.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamina Johnson Smith, has stated that Jamaican diplomats and students in Brussels, Belgium, are safe following this morning’s terror attack, which killed about 31 people.

On her Twitter account she said she had spoken with Jamaica’s ambassador in Brussels and confirmed that all members of Jamaica’s diplomatic staff are safe.

She says Jamaican students studying there are also safe.

Meanwhile, Johnson Smith has extended sincere sympathies to the government and people of Belgium.

She has also condemned the attack.

PHOTO: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamina Johnson Smith.

Twin blasts hit Zaventem airport about 7 o’clock Greenwich Meridian Time, killing 11 and injuring 81.

Another explosion struck Maelbeek metro station an hour later with 20 people killed.

A man who was at Brussels airport at the time of the explosion told the BBC of the panic which set in after the first explosion.

 

An eyewitness to this morning's airport attack in Brussels

Belgium has raised its terrorism threat to its highest level and three days of national mourning have been declared.

The bombings come four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive in the Paris attacks, was seized in Brussels.

Terror group, the Islamic State, has claimed responsibility for the attack.