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Paris beefs up transport security after Brussels blasts

March 22, 13:42 UTC+3
Security has been tightened at airports, railway terminals and at all public transport in the Paris region of Ile de France
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PARIS, March 22. /TASS/. The French authorities have made a decision to beef up transport security in Paris following the Tuesday blasts in Brussels.

"Security has been tightened at airports, railway terminals and at all public transport in the Paris region of Ile de France," the prefecture of the French capital said.

"The passengers are more thoroughly inspected. Patrols have been reinforced at terminals. The situation is calm so far," the headquarters of the Aeroports de Paris (Paris Airports) company that manages the Roissy Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports of the French capital, told TASS.

"After the November terrorist attacks in Paris, the security services in the capital's airports work operate in emergency mode, but we are preparing to take additional measures. It is possible," the company’s press service said earlier.

Meanwhile, the French authorities are closely monitoring the situation after the Tuesday bombings in Brussels, the French Ministry of Internal Affairs told TASS.

"We are closely watching the developments. So far there is not enough information for making any comments," an official of the French ministry said.

Earlier, French President Francois Hollande called an emergency meeting of the Security Council at the Elyse Palace with the participation of the prime minister, interior minister, defense minister and foreign minister to assess the situation.

Explosions in Brussels

Meanwhile, BTV TV channel reported on Tuesday that over 20 people were killed and 50 injured in explosions that hit the airport and two metro stations in Brussels. "According to the sources in the city’s rescue services, over 20 people were killed and 50 injured," the TV channel said.

Medics at Erasme hospital located near the airport told TASS they were receiving people injured in the explosions.

Twin blasts rocked Zaventem, one of Europe’s largest airports, and Maelbeek and Schuman metro stations in downtown Brussels on Tuesday morning. The airport of Brussels was closed with all flights canceled.

Midi Libre newspaper quoted the royal prosecutor as saying that the airport blast was a suicide attack.

All metro, tram and bus services were shut down in Brussels, according to STIB, the city's public transport operator. Belgium's terror alert level was raised to maximum.

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