Britain advises against travel to Brussels

22nd March 2016, Comments 0 comments

The United Kingdom warned its citizens against travel to Brussels and said two British nationals were injured in the deadly attacks on the Belgian capital Tuesday.

"The Belgian authorities are currently advising against travel to Brussels. You are advised to follow the instructions of the Belgian security authorities," the Foreign Office said, updating its official travel advice.

The ministry told British nationals in Belgium: "You should remain alert and vigilant, and stay away from crowded places."

In a separate statement, the Foreign Office said it was assisting two Britons who were wounded in the attacks on the main Brussels airport and a central metro station.

"We are in close contact with local authorities in Brussels following the shocking attacks that have taken place, and we stand together with the Belgian people at this time," the ministry said.

"Embassy staff are providing consular assistance to two injured Britons and are ready to support any further British nationals that have been affected."

Up to 1.8 million British nationals visit Belgium every year, according to Foreign Office figures.

Eurostar train services between London and Brussels were suspended after the morning attacks but a limited service resumed later Tuesday.

However, "we advise customers not to travel today unless essential," Eurostar said.

Meanwhile Prime Minister David Cameron's spokeswoman said specialist police officers were being sent to Brussels to help with the investigation.

"They will be gathering together as much material as possible that can help them with the investigation," she said.

"It is working on the investigation, trying to work out what happened, who is responsible."

Britain has already announced increased security at international transport hubs.


© 2016 AFP

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