U.S. flags have been lowered to half-staff throughout the United States, its embassies and bases as a sign of respect for the victims of terror attacks that killed at least 30 and injured more than 200 in Brussels.
“The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium,” said U.S. President Barack Obama:
“We stand in solidarity with them, in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people. We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsible.”
The tragedy occurred during the morning rush hour Tuesday when Brussels was rocked by three blasts -- two at the Zaventem airport and one at the Maelbeek train station. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks.
“The notion that any political agenda would justify the killing of innocent people like this is something that is beyond the pale,” President Obama said in an interview with press. “We are going to continue with the over 60 nations that are pounding ISIL and are going to go after them.”
Leaders from Europe and the broader international community have responded to the attacks with similar messages of solidarity and condemnation.
“This is yet another reminder that the world must unite,” said President Obama.
“We must be together regardless or nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.”