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King Carl XVI Gustaf speaks of sorrow after two Swedish people are killed in terror attack in Brussels

The King of Sweden has sent condolences to the families of two of his compatriots killed in a terror attack in Brussels.

Two men were shot dead while fans gathered at a cafe to watch a football match in the Belgian capital. A third person was injured. Police in Belgium later found the gunman who was shot and later died of his injuries.

King Carl XVI Gustaf said his whole family were thinking of those affected by the attack which took place on October 16th 2023.

The Swedish king said ”my family and I are devastated to learn that two Swedes have been killed in connection with the football match between Belgium and Sweden….our thoughts are with those who have died and with their families.”

King Carl Gustaf also spoke to King Philippe of the Belgians who expressed his sympathies for the deaths.

The Belgian king and his wife, Queen Mathilde, issued a statement shortly after the attack, saying ”We are shocked by tonight’s shooting in our capital. Our thoughts are first and foremost with the victims, their families and loved ones.”

The following day, the couple altered plans for a State Visit from the President of Portugal as the security threat level in Brussels was raised to its highest level. All outdoor events were moved inside. A minute’s silence was also held for those killed at the start of a State Banquet.

The security threat level in Brussels has now been lowered to level three.

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