New York has ramped up security efforts at major transportation hubs, following terror attacks in Belgium’s capital that killed at least 30 people, and wounded about 230 more March 22.
The attacks followed the reported capture of Salah Abdeslam, Europe’s most-wanted terror suspect, by Belgian authorities in Brussels.
“We were fearing terrorist attacks,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Tuesday. “And that has now happened.”
According to CNN, 20 people died at the Maelbeek metro station, and 130 were wounded, plus 10 more were killed and 100 wounded at Brussels’ international airport.
The attack had been related to a similar terrorist attack in Paris, that left 130 dead last November, according to officials.
ISIS claimed responsibility for both the attacks.
“We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium, in bringing to justice those who are responsible,” President Barack Obama said during brief remarks while on a historic trip to Cuba Tuesday. The president had been giving an address to the Cuban people, in order to commemorate the recent end to decades of estrangement between the two countries.
“We stand in solidarity with them, in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people,” President Obama stated. “This is yet another reminder that the world must unite. We must be together, regardless of nationality, or race, or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism.”
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed state law enforcement to step up security at high-profile locations in New York City such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s rail and subway stations, the Port Authority’s transit hubs, and the World Trade Center.
Grand Central and Penn stations, the George Washington Bridge, and the Queens-Midtown Tunnel will also have an increased police presence.
“The senseless attacks that struck the people of Belgium earlier today have left us all stunned and heartbroken,” Gov. Cuomo stated. “These were acts of pure evil that have claimed the lives of people who were doing nothing more than going about their days. My heart grieves for all those who have been impacted, and as we learn more about these attacks, New York will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the international community against terrorism – as the world has done for us in the past. And, as we have seen time and again, when we are united, terror has never prevailed and never will. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my thoughts and prayers to the people of Belgium on this tragic day.”
The World Trade Center will display the colors of the Belgian Flag Tuesday.
“We join the world in mourning the victims of these attacks, and remain committed to helping create a more just and peaceful world,” the governor said.