'Black Day' for Belgium as Blasts Kill Dozens in Brussels

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More than two dozen people are dead and scores are injured after explosions at Brussels’ international airport and a metro station on Tuesday. 

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The Belgian government has raised the terror threat to the highest level and the Belgian Crisis Centre has told the population: “Stay where you are.”

“What we feared, has happened,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said in a televised press conference, calling it a “black day” for the country. A Belgian prosecutor says at least one of the explosions was a suicide bombing, Agence France-Presse reports. 

The blasts come days after Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was arrested in the Molenbeek district of the Belgian capital.  

The BBC reports:

As they did after the attacks in Paris, some observers urged a measured response. 

“The purpose of terrorism is not to destroy or kill,” journalist and author Simon Jenkins wrote on Tuesday morning. “It is to pursue a political cause through the massive publicity that is attached to terrifying incidents…The explosive force derives from our reaction to it, from the public attention awarded to it and from the response of the political community. Publicity and response are the terrorists’ ‘useful idiocies’.”

He continued:

According to news outlets, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump reacted by telling Fox News he would “close up borders.”

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