2016-03-23 08:17:00

Belgium in mourning after terror strike

(Vatican Radio) Belgium has begun three days of mourning following Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels.

A minute silence will be held for the victims in the capital at midday local time.

Listen to Catherine Drew’s report:

There has been international condemnation of the attacks which struck the Brussels international airport and a city metro station.

US President Barack Obama called for unity while European leaders pledged their support for Brussels and said they would unite to fight terrorism.

Pope Francis sent a message of condolence in which he  prayed for the victims the injured and their families and again condemned “blind violence which causes so much suffering.”

In a tweet he also said “I entrust to God's mercy all those who lost their lives.”

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks which has left at least 34 people dead.

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