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General calls for prayer after Brussels attacks

23 March 2016

General calls for prayer after Brussels attacks

General André Cox, world leader of The Salvation Army, has called for prayer following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

Bomb explosions at Brussels Airport and Maelbeek Metro Station have left at least 34 dead, with more than 250 people injured. General Cox has asked Salvationists and friends to pray for victims of the attacks, the emergency services, politicians and the perpetrators. 

The France and Belgium Territorial Commander, Colonel Daniel Naud, is at The Salvation Army's Belgium Regional Headquarters in Brussels, having travelled there by train from Paris before the attacks took place. He reports: “It is extremely difficult to move within the capital city at the moment. We hear constantly police cars moving at very high speed ... it is difficult to know precisely what is going on.”

The Salvation Army's annual general meeting which was due to be held in Brussels has been postponed. Colonel Naud says the Brussels authorities have been contacted and offered whatever help, such as food or shelter, the Army can provide.

Majors Mike and Ruth Stannett are regional leaders for Belgium and also The Salvation Army's officers for European Union Affairs. Major Stannett says he is grateful for the thoughts and prayers being offered across the world. He explains: “As the day unfolds and security is either tightened or lifted in due course, we will then have a better idea how this may affect our daily running. The main issue for Salvation Army staff will be how they get home and how to collect children from school.”

All public transport has been stopped in the Belgian capital, and people are being advised not to travel.

Report courtesy of International Headquarters Communications

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