Belgian King and Queen meet woman injured in Brussels bombings one year after tragedy

Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde met on Monday (March 20) with Nidhi Chaphekar, a flight attendant, who one year ago came to symbolise the Brussels airport and metro station attacks as photos of her covered in blood and dust at the scene of the airport explosion came to dominate front pages around the world.

The meeting, held at the Royal Palace in Brussels, came two days ahead of the first anniversary of the attacks as part of a string of planned commemoration events.

The morning of March 22 2016, two bombs exploded at Brussels Airport and one just over an hour later at Maelbeek metro station, killing 32 people. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attacks.

In the aftermath, security was increased in the city and a heavy military and police presence remains, while a series of raids, searches and arrests were carried out around the city in relation to the attacks and those in Paris in November 2015.

 

(REUTERS)

 
 
 

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