France - Brussels Attacks

French prime minister calls for tighter border security

French prime minister Manuel Valls is calling for  tighter border security
French prime minister Manuel Valls is calling for tighter border security AFP

France's prime minister on Wednesday said there was an "urgent" need to tighten controls on the European Union's borders after bombings in Brussels. Britain has already boosted its security.

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"There is an urgent need to strengthen the external borders of the European Union," Manuel Valls said, adding that heightened vigilance was required to stop people crossing into Europe with false passports, as IS has "stolen a large number of passports in Syria.

Britain has already boosted security at its international transport hubs following the deadly attacks in Brussels on Tuesday as Prime Minister David Cameron urged Europe to stand together against the terror threat.

Security was stepped up at ports, borders and airports, though police chiefs and politicians insisted there was no specific intelligence pointing towards an attack in Britain.

Two Britons were wounded in the attacks on the main Brussels airport and a central metro station, the foreign office said.

Elsewhere, German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to defeat terrorism. “The horror is as boundless as the determination to defeat terrorism,” she said after the attacks.

US President Barack Obama branded the attacks "outrageous", calling on the world to stand "together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism".

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was confident "Europe's commitment to human rights, democracy and peaceful coexistence will continue to be the true and lasting response to the hatred and violence of which they became a victim today".

And Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, which has been combating threats from homegrown jihadists, said his country was "absolutely shoulder to shoulder with Belgium".

 

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