Brussels Blasts: 2 Indian Jet Airways Crew Hurt, PM Condemns Attacks

A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station today, killing at least 34 people and injuring over 200.

Published: 22nd March 2016 09:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2016 09:03 PM   |  A+A-

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In this image made from video, emergency rescue workers stretcher an unidentified person at the site of an explosion at a metro station in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016 | AP


NEW DELHI: Two Indian cabin crew of Jet Airways are among those injured in the attacks in Brussels today which were described as "condemnable" and "disturbing" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has decided to go ahead with his visit to the Belgium capital next week.

A string of explosions rocked Brussels airport and a city metro station today, killing at least 34 people and injuring over 200.

Nidhi Chapekar and Amit Motwani (both from Mumbai) of Jet Airways, which has its European hub for international operations at Brussels airport, were among the injured, the airline said.

"News from Brussels is disturbing. The attacks are condemnable. Condolences to families of the deceased. May those injured recover quickly," Modi tweeted.

The Prime Minister is visiting Brussels on March 30 to attend the 13th India-EU summit, which had last taken place in 2012, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

"I am in touch with Manjeev Puri, Indian Ambassador in Brussels. He has informed me that so far there is no report of any Indian casualty," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

Assuring that Indian Embassy in Brussels will provide all assistance, she said the Indian envoy has informed her that all stranded Indian passengers are being provided hotel accommodation. "We condemn the attack with strongest possible terms. We stand in solidarity with people and government of Belgium. We offer our condolences to families of the victims.

"Terrorism is a global scourge and the attack in Belgium underscores once again the need to counter it united," Swarup said.

Swaraj also tweeted the helpline number set up by the mission. "Indian Embassy's helpline in Brussels : +32-26409140 +32-26451850 (PABX) & +32-476748575 (mobile)", she said.


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