Officials respond to attacks on Brussels

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, two bombs were set off in Brussels, Belgium, killing 31 people and wounding dozens of others. The Islamic State claimed responsibility. Click here to find full coverage of the attacks.

Senator Lamar Alexander (TN)

We are reminded far too often that terrorists remain committed to attacking our way of life through evil acts such as those in Brussels. The American people stand with the people of Belgium today.

Bishop Patrick Streiff, bishop of the United Methodist Church of Central and Southern Europe

Terrorist attacks are shocking, in every place in the world whether far away or near, whether done in free democracies or in countries under dictatorial regimes, whether in traditionally Christian or Muslim countries. Our prayers are now with those in Brussels who have lost loved ones, with those wounded, and with those who bravely serve in emergency situations in rescuing and strengthening security.

As those who follow Jesus, the crucified and resurrected One, we need to continue in doing good as much as we can, in building respectful community, in working for peace and justice, in being agents of reconciliation and never give up despite blind violence, hatred or paralyzing fear, wherever we live.

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

My heart breaks for the victims and their families in Brussels. This tragedy resonates with the American public as we are very concerned with what is happening, especially with the cells that are here in the United States. The appropriate thing for us to do is to exercise vigilance. We stand united with Brussels and the rest of the world in defeating these senseless acts of terror.

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