Belgium commemorates Brussels attacks anniversary

first_imgUnveiling of #brusselsattacks memorial “Flight in Mind” in front of #22Mars victims & #brusselsairport employees Belgian King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Prime Minister Charles Michel on Tuesday attended a ceremony at Brussels International Airport to commemorate the victims of last year’s March 22 terror attacks.A minute’s silence at 7:58 a.m. marked the moment the first bomb at the airport was detonated. Victims and their families, politicians, emergency services and airport employees attended the ceremony. All airport activity was suspended.The royals and government representatives then arrived by metro at Maalbeek station, the site of the second bombing, and laid a wreath at a commemoration wall. At 9:11 a.m., the exact time of the explosion, all employees of the Brussels transport network held a “moment of noise,” applauding in memory of the victims of the attacks. — Teri Schultz (@terischultz) March 22, 2017 Also On POLITICO A year after Brussels attacks, what’s fixed and still broken By Cathy Buyck, Laurens Cerulus and Cynthia Kroet Paris and Brussels plotter who got away By Giulia Paravicinicenter_img A memorial by artist Jean-Henri Compere was then unveiled near the Schuman roundabout.Sixteen people died after two bombs exploded in the airport’s departure hall last year. Another sixteen were killed by a separate terror attack at the metro station in the EU area of the Belgian capital. More than 300 people were left injured after both attacks.The King & Queen of Belgium with Prime Minister @CharlesMichel mark the #BrusselsAttacks a year on.[email protected]— NieuwsBlog (@nieuwsblog) March 22, 2017last_img