Pretoria – The South African government has joined the international community in strongly condemning the terrorist attacks that took place on Tuesday in Brussels in Belgium.
The Department of International Relations and Corporation said the terrorist attacks resulted in the deaths and injuries of many innocent civilians. The death toll currently stands at 34, while more than 230 were injured.
The deadly blasts were carried out at a busy metro station and at the Brussels national airport. One of the explosions at the airport was said to be carried out by a suicide bomber.
President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolence to Prime Minister Charles Michel and the people of the Kingdom of Belgium, particularly the families of the victims.
“South Africa stands firmly with the rest of the international community in its condemnation of these attacks and reiterates its stance that terrorism, in whatever form and from whichever quarter, cannot be condoned,” said the department.
The South African Embassy in Brussels has reported that all South African transferred officials and locally recruited personnel have been accounted for.
The mission has not yet received any information or enquiries about South African citizens in Belgium who may have been involved in any of the reported incidents.
“The mission is in contact with relevant local authorities and other useful sources of information in this regard and will give updates on the situation as it unfolds,” said the department.