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Taiwan denounces violence in Brussels

2016/03/22 20:23:37

Brussels airport

Taipei, March 22 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) denounced Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels that killed 28 people and seriously injured 30 others.

On behalf of the government and people of Taiwan, Ma also extended condolences and sympathy to the victims and their families.

The president has asked Taiwanese officials based in the European Union and Belgium to ensure the safety of Taiwanese expatriates there and give them assistance if needed, said his spokesman, Charles Chen.

[In the European quarter. CNA photo March, 22, 2016]

In response to the latest violence in the Belgian city, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel alert, advising Taiwanese nationals to avoid crowded gatherings there.

As of 7 p.m. Taipei time, there had been no reports of Taiwanese student or tourist injuries. The Ministry of Education said there are currently 120 Taiwanese students studying in Belgium, mostly at Louvain University, 25 kilometers from the airport that was attacked.

[On way to Brussels airport. CNA photo March, 22, 2016]

The Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said most of the Taiwanese tourists traveling to the area go through either Amsterdam or Paris. It had not heard any word about tourist groups having been affected by the Brussels attacks.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen, Tai Ya-chen, Wang Shu-fen, Hsu Chih-wei and S.C. Chang)

[Video from CNA correspondent in Brussels, Leaf Chiang]

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