A surprise terror attack in Belgium has killed at least 34 people and wounded 130 more, just days after Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam was apprehended in the country.
Early Tuesday morning, two explosions tore through Zaventem airport, killing more than a dozen people. An hour later, another explosion in the Maalbeek metro station claimed another 13 lives at least, say authorities.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini fought back tears at a press conference in the Jordanian capital of Amman.
“It’s also a very sad day for Europe—as Europe and its capital are suffering the same pain that this region has known and knows every single day, be it in Syria [or elsewhere.]”
In a statement, President Obama said the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium.
“This is yet another reminder that the world must unite, regardless of nationality, or race, or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism,” the President said from Cuba, where he is making a historic visit.
On Saturday, a suicide bomber struck central Istanbul, killing at least four people. Authorities say the suspect is a Turkish citizen with ties to ISIS. Just this year, the same part of Istanbul was hit by another bomber, who killed 12 German tourists, and a car bomb went off in Ankara near the parliament building, taking 28 lives and wounding 61 more.