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Belgian King Philippe addresses nation following terror attacks

King Philippe of Belgium has addressed the nation in televised speech in which he calls the recent terror attacks “cowardly and odious.”

More than 30 people died in the attacks which took place in Brussels’ main international airport and a city metro station.

The King said that from now on “March 22 will never be a day like any other”.

He continued by offering his condolences for those who have lost loved ones and pleads for the nation to “maintain confidence in ourselves”.

The militant group Daesh said it was behind the attacks.

Belgium has raised its terrorism alert to its highest level and three days of national mourning have been declared.

In full, His Majesty said: “Today, our country is in deep mourning. For each of us this March 22 will never be a day like any other. Shattered lives, deep wounds, these sufferings are those of any country.

“Mathilde and I share in your sorrow, you who have lost a loved one or who have been wounded in the cowardly and despicable attacks today.

“We express our full support for members of the emergency and security services. Our gratitude also goes to all those who spontaneously offer their help.

“Faced with the threat, we will continue to respond with determination, with calmness and dignity. Let’s maintain confidence in ourselves. This trust is our strength.”

Other royal families from across Europe have sent messages of condolence to the King of Belgium and the Belgian people following the attacks.

The Dutch King Willem-Alexander said: “What is needed now is for us to show our collective strength and we remain committed to the values ??of freedom and solidarity.”

King Felipe VI of Spain said he is “dismayed by the attacks in the capital of Europe” and offers his “solidarity and support to Belgium and its institutions.”

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