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‘We too have to be vigilant’- Hon Archibald C. Christian

- in light of terrorist attacks in Brussels that left more than 30 dead
While expressing sympathy to the people of Belgium following bomb attacks that left more than 30 people dead on Tuesday March 22, 2016, Junior Minister for Tourism and At Large Representative Hon Archibald C. Christian said the Virgin Islands should take note and that it also should not take security of its borders for granted. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking during the Seventh Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly at parliament chambers in Road Town, Tortola on March 22, 2016, Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Archibald C. Christian (right) joined with Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith in offering sympathy to the citizens of Belgium before he expressed the need for the VI to also be vigilant. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking during the Seventh Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly at parliament chambers in Road Town, Tortola on March 22, 2016, Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Archibald C. Christian (right) joined with Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith in offering sympathy to the citizens of Belgium before he expressed the need for the VI to also be vigilant. Photo: VINO/File
Belgian officials put the death toll from both attacks at more than 30, with at least 11 killed at the airport and about 20 at the metro station. Photo: Daily Star
Belgian officials put the death toll from both attacks at more than 30, with at least 11 killed at the airport and about 20 at the metro station. Photo: Daily Star
The two men on the left are believed to have blown themselves up while the man on the right is being sought by police. Photo: BBC News
The two men on the left are believed to have blown themselves up while the man on the right is being sought by police. Photo: BBC News
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While expressing sympathy to the people of Belgium following bomb attacks that left more than 30 people dead on Tuesday March 22, 2016, Junior Minister for Tourism and At Large Representative Hon Archibald C. Christian said the Virgin Islands should take note that it should not take security of its borders for granted.

Speaking during the Seventh Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly at parliament chambers in Road Town, Tortola on March 22, 2016, Hon Christian joined with Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith in offering sympathy to the citizens of Belgium before he expressed the need for the VI to also be vigilant.

“Madam Speaker, it just goes to show that vigilance is something that has to continue on a daily basis and you just cannot let up on protecting your borders. And the same has to apply to our little territory, the Virgin Islands. Sometimes I think we take a lot of things for granted but we too have to be vigilant.”

According to Hon Christian, the world is changing very fast and “we have to continue to ensure that we protect our citizens and our residents at all cost.”

Wanted bulletin issued for bomb attacks suspect

Meanwhile, Belgian police have issued a wanted notice for a suspect following the bomb attacks at Brussels' main airport and a metro station.

According to the BBC, the man was seen walking with two other suspects shortly before twin explosions tore through Zaventem airport.

Both men died in the attacks after detonating suicide devices, a Belgian prosecutor said.

Anti-terror raids have taken place across Belgium. So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the attacks.

Belgian officials put the death toll from both attacks at more than 30, with at least 11 killed at the airport and about 20 at the metro station.

About 250 people have been injured, many of them severely.

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