Terror in Brussels: Attacks ‘deplorable’ - McGuinness

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has branded the deadly bomb attacks in Brussels “deplorable”.

The Sinn Fein Assemblyman expressed his shock at this morning’s explosions at an airport and at train stations in the city.

A total of 13 people have been killed and scores more injured in the bomb attacks across the city this morning.

Two explosions have been reported at the departures area of Zaventem airport at around 7am this morning, followed an hour later by a further blast at Maelbeek metro station near to the stop off for those visiting the European Union.

Stating that his thoughts and prayers are with the victims and survivors, Martin McGuinness said: “This morning’s attacks on people at airport and metro stations in Brussels are deplorable and I condemn them unreservedly.

“My thoughts, as with everyone in Ireland at this time, will be with those killed or injured.”

A 100-strong delegation, including 10 Derry people, were on route to Brussels when the attackers struck. Some were diverted in mid-air while others, including the Derry group, were stopped just minutes before boarding the Eurotunnel bound for the EU for two days of commemorative events to mark the 1916 Centenary.

Train links to and from brussels are currently in lockdown.

“I have been in contact with Sinn Féin representatives and staff travelling to and in Brussels this morning to express my concern and I now want to extend solidarity and support to the people of Brussels at this awful time.”