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22nd March 2016, 13:04

Staff at Gibraltar Brussels Office "safe and accounted for", Government confirms

The Government has confirmed all the staff at Gibraltar's Brussels Office are safe and accounted for after Tuesday morning's explosions.

The Chief Minister said this was "another appalling and shocking attack on Europe, on our freedom and our liberty". Fabian Picardo said his Government "empathises strongly with the people of Belgium who are having to go through this dreadful incident today".

For its part, the Opposition says it is both "shocked and saddened with the series of events". They send their sympathies "to those who have been affected by the horrific acts, and to the people of Belgium, with whom we stand united". GSD Leader Daniel Feetham also extended his party's solidarity to those representing Gibraltar at the Brussels office.

The head of the Gibraltar Office, Sir Graham Watson, tweeted that it was a "ghastly scene at Brussels airport this morning". His wife, he said, "flew out half an hour before the bombs exploded" - adding he "mourns for the less fortunate".

Gibraltarians in Brussels have taken to social media to confirm that they are alive and well.

GBC spoke to local Erasmus student in Brussels, Tammy Randall. "We haven't been directly affected before," she said, "so I think everyone is quite scared. There's chaos right now, nobody knows what is actually going on, it's a feeling of uncertainty really". Tammy will not be attending university, taking the authorities' advice to stay indoors.