Britain advises against all but essential travel to Brussels

22nd March 2016, Comments 0 comments

Britain updated its travel advice to warn against all but essential travel to Brussels on Tuesday and sent a team of police to assist investigators in the Belgian capital after attacks there that left some 35 people dead.

"The Belgian authorities are currently advising against travel to Brussels; you are advised to follow the instructions of the Belgian security authorities," read a statement from the government.

The foreign ministry's previous travel advice had been for British citizens to "remain alert and vigilant" and "stay away from crowded places".

Prime Minister David Cameron's spokeswoman said Tuesday that specialist police officers were also 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.

After holding a meeting of Britain's emergency committee earlier, Cameron said there was "a very real terrorist threat right across the different countries of Europe".

"We must stand together to do everything we can to stop them and to make sure that although they attack our way of life and they attack us because of who we are, we will never let them win," he added.

© 2016 AFP

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