UN chief slams terrorist bombings in Brussels

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United Nations, March 23 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday strongly condemned terrorist bombings in Brussels, calling for bringing those responsible to justice.

At least 34 people were killed in a series of attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning. So far, 14 died in a suicide attack at Brussels national airport, while 20 were killed in a subway explosion, Xinhua reported.

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has claimed responsibility for these attacks.

“The despicable attacks today struck at the heart of Belgium and the centre of the European Union,” Ban said in a statement released by his spokesperson.

The UN chief, however, “is confident that Belgium’s and Europe’ s commitment to human rights, democracy and peaceful coexistence will continue to be the true and lasting response to the hatred and violence of which they became a victim today,” said the statement.

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