POSTED: March 22nd 2016

Olympics: IOC chief Thomas Bach speaks out condemning the Brussels terrorist attack

Police on watch at Maelbeek station in Brussels © Getty Images
Police on watch at Maelbeek station in Brussels © Getty Images

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(SFC) IOC President Thomas Bach reacts against the three explosions that are estimated to have killed over 30 people and wounded about 230 more in Brussels, Belgium this morning. Two explosions took place at Zaventem airport and one struck the Maalbeek metro station in the city center near where many European Union institutions are based.  

The Belgian government, according to CNN news, reports that there are 10 killed, 100 injured at the airport; 20 killed, 130 injured at the metro station.

News reports say that ISIS has taken claim of the terrorist attacks stating that its "fighters" were responsible after they posted a notice on an ISIS affiliated website. Belgian authorities haven't officially confirmed the affiliation as yet.

IOC President Bach says, "The IOC strongly condemns these cowardly terrorist attacks. Our thoughts and our deep sympathies are with all the victims and their families and friends. Such odious attacks are directed against all human and Olympic values. We stand side by side with the Belgian and European people. These and other terrorist acts in different countries show that the Olympic values of understanding, respect and peace are more important than ever for our world."

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