• publish: 23 March 2016
  • time: 10:03 am
  • category: International
  • No: 3626

Daesh-led attacks in Brussels caused U.S to be on high alert

Additional security measures have been taken at a number of major U.S. cities and airports after a deadly attack –claimed by the Islamic State (IS)—left over 130 people killed and wounded in Belgium’s capital Brussels.

New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are among the cities which beefed up their security although officials said there were no specific threats to the United States. Khaama press writes.

According to Reuters, large numbers of uniformed police officers and National Guard troops dressed in battle fatigues and carrying rifles patrolled New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Several U.S. carriers – Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N), United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N) and American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) – said they canceled or rerouted flights as a result of the Brussels attacks.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference that terrorists want to create chaos but they would be responded.

“What the terrorists want is for us to change our ways,” he said. “We refuse to change who we are. We are going to respond to their efforts to create chaos by showing them order, by showing them our society functioning, our city functioning.”

Following the attack, the US state department also issued a warning to Americans that the terrorist groups might carry out more attacks.

“Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants and transportation,” said the warning.

Multiple explosions hit Zaventem airport and a metro station in Brussels on Tuesday leaving at least 34 killed and over 100 wounded.

IS which controls swathes of land in Iraq and Syria later claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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