President Obama on Brussels Terror Attacks: World Will Band Together 'In Fighting Against the Scourge of Terrorism'
"We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all over the world," Obama said
President Obama briefly addressed from Cuba Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels that killed at least 31 and injured 187 people.
“The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium,” said Obama, who was delivering a keynote address at the Gran Teatro in Havana.
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“We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium,” he said, adding that the attacks were “a reminder that the world must unite. We must be together. Regardless of nationality. Regardless of faith, in fighting against the scourge of terrorism.”
He added, “We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all over the world.”
The twin attacks occurred at the Brussels Zaventem Airport and the Maalbeek Metro Station. Two explosions were reported inside the airport’s departure terminal. At least one was reportedly from a suicide bomber.
A third explosion happened later at the metro station, which is located near the headquarters of the European Union.
Witnesses say the airport’s ceiling caved in and there were injured victims everywhere. Both the airport and metro system have been shut down.
The attacks come just days after anti-terror raids and the arrest of Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam on Friday.
The terror threat in Belgium has been raised to level four, the highest possible level.
An American couple, Andrew and Denise Brandt, who work for aid agency Jhpiego Health Services, were present at the airport bombings and survived.
“You just feel like a wave from the explosion,” Andrew Brandt told Sky News while draped in a blanket outside the airport terminal building. “Like a wave moving through your body.