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"Violent and cowardly" - Belgian PM Charles Michel

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
"Violent and cowardly" - Belgian PM Charles Michel

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel

Additional security measures, extra military reinforcements, extended border controls and tightened security on public transport have been brought in, he added.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, what we feared has happened. Our country and citizens have been hit by a terrorist attack, in a violent and cowardly way.”

“I would like to stress that in this tragic and dark moment for our country, I call for calm and solidarity. We are facing a difficult time, but we have to all face this unified as one, with solidarity and unity.”

Belgium has been placed on a level 4 security alert, the highest possible it can be on.

The level was held at three from last November until the events of Tuesday morning.