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Welshman describes moment he heard explosions at Brussels Airport

Anthony Barrett was in his room in the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel when a blast ripped through an airport terminal opposite.

Mr Barrett works for the Wales Audit Office and is in Belgium for a work conference.

He told ITV Cymru Wales: "I looked out of the window and I could see windows blown out of the terminal building, people fleeing from the building and at that point I saw at least one person lying on the ground."

'Increased police presence' in Wales after Brussels attack

Police forces across Wales are increasing their presence at key locations following the attacks in Brussels.

Wales' four forces will see more officers deployed at transport hubs.

Our thoughts are with the people of Brussels following this morning’s horrific attacks.

“As a precaution forces across Wales have increased policing presence at key locations, including transport hubs, to protect the public and provide reassurance.

This is not in relation to any specific information or intelligence.

“The number of officers deployed will be regularly assessed. These additional officers are deployed as part of reassurance measures. The threat to the UK from international terrorism remains at severe as it has been since August 2014, meaning an attack is highly likely.

– South Wales Police ACC Jon Stratford

The threat to the UK from international terrorism remains at severe as it has been since August 2014, meaning an attack is highly likely.

The public and businesses are being urged to be alert and report anything suspicious to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.


First Minister: 'Appalled by Brussels attacks'

Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones says he is "appalled at today’s attacks in Brussels".

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I am appalled at today’s attacks in Brussels.

I would like to express my sympathy and solidarity with the Belgian people and the international community which works in the city.

The scourge of terrorism must be opposed everywhere and we must resist the threat to our way of life.

We have received confirmation that all Welsh Government staff, and other occupants of Wales House in Brussels, are safely accounted for.

We are working closely with the UK Government and receiving regular advice on the situation in Brussels.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

Cardiff Airport 'operating normally'

Cardiff Airport says it is "operating normally" following the explosions in Brussels this morning.

Security in Brussels. Credit: PA

Following the events at Brussels Airport this morning we would like to reassure those travelling to and from Cardiff that the Airport is operating as normal and the safety and security of our passengers and staff remains our number one priority.

Our police and security teams remain vigilant and customers may notice an increased presence in the terminal.

The Department for Transport keep aviation security under constant review and will update all UK airports as necessary.

– Cardiff Airport

As Brussels Airport is currently closed passengers due to be travelling to Brussels from Cardiff via a connecting service should contact their airline for more information.