Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Jamaican Employees In Belgium Safe, Amid Terrorist Attack

Following the deadly terrorist attacks on Monday in Brussels, Belgium, Jamaica's Ambassador to the European Union has confirmed that all employees of the embassy in Brussels are safe and sound. 

In a statement released by Ambassador Vilma McNish, she informed the public that no employees where arm during the attack. 
"It was a bit challenging for those who rely on public transportation as there is a total shutdown of the transportation system - metro, tram and bus travel,". 
She revealed that the metro attack occurred "while three officers were actually on their way to work."
Ambassador McNish said that, due to the emergency situation, the telephone system in Brussels has been overwhelmed, making it extremely difficult to make or receive calls.
"We are of course nervous and apprehensive about the situation but we are taking all the necessary precautions," she said, adding that, based on where embassy personnel live, "we feel relatively safe."
At least 31 people have been killed and many seriously injured in attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station.
Twin blasts hit Zaventem airport at 07:00 GMT, killing 11 and injuring 81, Belgium's health minister said.
Another explosion struck Maelbeek metro station an hour later. Twenty people were killed, Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur said.

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