Brussels Attacks 7

Suddenly, there are house searches and arrests throughout France, Belgium, Germany and other possibly more EU member states. Authorities are trying to make up for mistakes. Even in Turkey, there have been arrests of people with links to members of the terrorist cell which carried out attacks in France an Belgium.

A possible name is mentioned by the Belgian paper “Le Soir” for the “man wearing a hat”. Other names are in various other media, but all state that the over seven people arrested can be linked to the attacks in Brussels and Paris. The most recent action took place in Schaarbeek again, this afternoon. At least one man was shot in the leg, while witnesses reported explosions. All has returned to more-or-less normal there by now.

In the meantime, families and friends are confirming loved ones have died. Many victims leave children behind. The list of names is slowly increasing, as more are identified. There are still people missing, who are either among the unidentified dead, or victims in various hospitals.

Zaventem-Brussels Airport will remain closed till Easter Sunday or Monday, it seems. Various papers have received news how passengers can collect any luggage and belongings they left behind while fleeing and being evacuated. Information is posted on media websites.

Most of Brussels’ public transport is back to normal. But Belgian newspapers mention, many Brussels hotels now suddenly have emtpy rooms due to last-minute cancellations. Despite the long Easter weekend and many countries having longer Easter breaks, people are no longer interested in a city-break in Brussels. It is clear terrorist attacks do not just hit tourism abroad, but in any country where they take place.

Meanwhile, the three official days of mourning are over. In mosques and churches, as well as at other places, people came together to pray for and remember the victims.


About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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