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Belgium: Brussels residents offer free hugs on Place de la Bourse02:03

Belgium: Brussels residents offer free hugs on Place de la Bourse

Belgium, Brussels
March 23, 2016 at 00:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people gathered on the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Wednesday, to pay tribute to the victims of Tuesday's attacks which left 31 dead and more than 250 injured.

During the commemoration, members of the crowd offered free hugs to people as they passed. One participant said: "We are here because we do not want to be at home, we want to do something, we want to be together, because we stand up for what we believe in, because we want to feel united. Because we are here for each other."

At least 31 people were killed and more than 250 injured in bomb attacks carried out on Brussels international airport and the Maelbeek metro station. The attacks occurred just four days after Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in November's Paris attacks, was captured by Belgian police in Brussels. The so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS, ISIL) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attacks.

Belgium: Brussels residents offer free hugs on Place de la Bourse02:03
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Hundreds of people gathered on the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Wednesday, to pay tribute to the victims of Tuesday's attacks which left 31 dead and more than 250 injured.

During the commemoration, members of the crowd offered free hugs to people as they passed. One participant said: "We are here because we do not want to be at home, we want to do something, we want to be together, because we stand up for what we believe in, because we want to feel united. Because we are here for each other."

At least 31 people were killed and more than 250 injured in bomb attacks carried out on Brussels international airport and the Maelbeek metro station. The attacks occurred just four days after Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in November's Paris attacks, was captured by Belgian police in Brussels. The so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS, ISIL) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attacks.

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