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Air and rail transportation to Brussels after attacks, US tightens security

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

brussels airport bombThe Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the two attacks, stating that ISIS extremists opened fire in the Brussels airport then detonated explosive belts, while a separate fighter detonated an explosive belt in the city’s Maalbeek metro station.

After twin bombings in the departure hall on Tuesday, Brussels Airport will remain closed Wednesday. Rail services expect to run a full and normal service tomorrow.

"The airport will remain closed through Wednesday," the airport's chief executive Arnaud Feist said on Zaventem airport's official twitter feed. All flights into Brussels were being diverted to other Belgian airports or in some cases to neighboring countries.

European railways froze links with Brussels Tuesday. "Our whole network is closed at the moment," the Brussels public transport operator STIB warned people on Twitter, confirming the closure of metro, bus and tram systems. Major railway stations were closed, too, the Brussels public prosecutor said.

Following the incident in Brussels today, Eurostar services are now resuming a limited service on the Brussels/Lille Route. Eurostar expects to run a full and normal service tomorrow, according to an announcement by the company.

US tightens security

The United States is increasing security after explosions killed at least 30 people and injured more than 100 in Belgium on Tuesday. Airports in major U.S. cities were on high alert.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) released a statement saying it is monitoring the unfolding events in Belgium closely, and has been in touch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as international partners.

Amtrak released a statement assuring that public that it will maintain a “strong security posture” to keep its passengers and employees safe.

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