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Four Spanish citizens injured in Brussels airport and metro blasts
thinkSPAIN , Wednesday, March 23, 2016

FOUR Spaniards are said to be among the injured following the terrorist bomb blasts at Brussels' Zaventem airport and Maalbeek metro station, according to Spain's interior minister Jorge Fernández Díaz.

He assures that no Spanish citizens are among the dead, to his knowledge and according to the Consulate in the Belgian capital, but that four have been admitted to hospital.

None of them are thought to be seriously hurt.

Spain itself has decided to maintain its terror risk alert at level 4 – out of five levels – as it has been since last June following simultaneous attacks in Paris, Tunisia and Kuwait.

Anti-Jihad prosecutor Dolores Delgado says upping the alert to level 5 would mean not only constant police presence in the streets, but also the Army, which she says is not an appetising prospect unless absolutely necessary.

But Fernández Díaz says security measures will be 'reinforced' and 'increased' at all Spain's airports.

No flights to Brussels – including Charleroi airport – will take off from anywhere in Spain today and possibly not tomorrow.

Although the foreign office has not advised against travel to Belgium, it recommends that anyone already in the country avoids going out unless completely necessary, and should take a taxi rather than walking or using public transport.

The metro system in the Belgian capital has been shut since yesterday, and mobile phone networks were shut down.

Communications are now back online, but members of the public are urged to communicate by text message rather than calling or using the internet on their phones.

Fernández Díaz stressed the vital importance of the EU sticking together in light of the multiple tragedy, which has claimed at least 34 lives and left over 80 injured.

Possibly a covert swipe at the Brexit referendum, Spain's interior minister said: “If all 28 of us countries were unconnected and going it alone, we would be, without doubt, a lot weaker and more vulnerable.”


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