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Embassy of PNG in Brussells not aware of PNG Nationals affected in Airport bombing

The Embassy of Papua New Guinea in Brussels has reported that it is not aware of Papua New Guineans travelling out of the Zaventem airport or at the Maelbeek metro train station at the time of the multiple terror attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016. The Maelbeek station is next to the EU Headquarters.
Papua New Guinea’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, Joshua Kalinoe said the Embassy is in contact with Belgian authorities to confirm that no Papua New Guineans were caught up in the bombings.
He said final information on the victims, including their nationalities will be available once the identification process is completed.
Ambassador Kalinoe said all the Embassy staff and their families are safe and well. He said he travelled into Zaventem airport from London on Monday afternoon and was terrified to hear of the multiple terror attacks at the airport and the Maelbeek metro station on Tuesday morning. Two days earlier he checked-in next to the American Airlines counter on his outbound trip.
The Belgian authorities have confirmed that 31 people, including three suicide bombers, were killed and about 300 people injured with burns and cuts.
Ambassador Kalinoe said while the security alert in Belgium has been downgraded to level 3, meaning no eminent attacks are foreseened by security forces, Papua New Guineans should take precautions while travelling to Belgium and other Western European destinations, including Great Britain, France and Germany.
“PNG nationals travelling to Belgium and Europe should inform the Embassy of their intinerary”, Ambassador Kalinoe said.
In the meantime, Ambassador Kalinoe signed the condolence book at the Protocol Department of the Belgian Ministry of Public Service, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation on Easter Friday on behalf of the Government and people of Papua New Guinea.

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