No Indian among dead in twin Brussels airport explosions

NEW DELHI: There is no Indian among the casualties following two massive explosions at Brussels airport in Belgium on Tuesday, the external affairs ministry has confirmed.

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New Delhi, March 22

There is no Indian among the casualties following two massive explosions at Brussels airport in Belgium on Tuesday, the external affairs ministry has confirmed.

"Have spoken to our Ambassador (Manjeev Singh Puri}," external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said.

"No reports of any Indian casualties," he added.

At least 10 were killed in twin explosions that tore through the departure area of the Zaventem airport in the Belgian capital on Tuesday morning, triggering panic.

Belga news agency reported that shots were fired and shouts in Arabic were heard before the two blasts, BBC said.

The airport was hurriedly evacuated and has been closed for flights, BBC said.

India issues travel advisory

India tonight issued a travel advisory asking Indian nationals living in Brussels or visiting it to exercise caution and remain alert in view of the terror attack.

The advisory specifically asked Indians in Belgium to avoid visiting crowded places, especially the city centres, and refrain from unnecessary travels and using public transport.

Issued by the Indian Embassy in Brussels, it asked Indian nationals to share personal whereabouts with close family members and friends at all times and keep in touch with the Mission for necessary advice.

The Embassy also appealed to all Indians in Belgium to “stay home and be safe”.

“All members of the Indian community, including Indian travelers to Belgium, are requested to exercise caution and alertness while leading their normal lives and carrying out their ordinary work outdoors in this country,” it said.

It said the Embassy can be contacted on phone numbers + 32 2 640 91 40, + 32 2 645 1850 and + 32 476 748 575 (Mobile).

The Embassy in a tweet said Jet passengers stranded in Brussels are being shifted from the airport and that food and accomodation are being provided. —IANS/PTI

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