Brussels attacks: Students are ‘all safe and well’ say officials

Handout photo taken with permission from the Facebook page of Bart van Meele of the scene at Brussels Airport after two explosions were heard.
Handout photo taken with permission from the Facebook page of Bart van Meele of the scene at Brussels Airport after two explosions were heard.

A group of teenagers from east Antrim, who were caught up in the terrorist attacks which rocked Brussels this morning (Tuesday), are said to be “safe and well”.

The attacks, which took place at Brussels international airport and a metro station in the city, claimed the lives of more than 30 people and left dozens more injured.

The group of 17 young people were representing the local Education Authority on a fact finding trip. The group included representatives from Antrim and Newtownabbey, including a teenage girl from Ballyclare.

An Education Authority spokesperson said: “A group of young people taking part in an Education Authority Youth Service trip to Brussels accompanied by three EA Officers had arrived at Brussels airport to catch their flight home around the time of the explosion.

“No one was injured and the group was immediately moved to a safe area where direct contact was made with the Authority and the parents of the young people. We are satisfied that all are safe and well.”

The group are expected to return home tonight on a flight from Amsterdam.