Italy tightens security after Brussels attacks

ArrayRome, March 22 (IANS/AKI) Italian authorities boosted security at airports and train stations after Tuesday’s terror attacks at Brussels airport and a metro station left 34 people dead.

All flights to and from Brussels from Rome’s Fiumicino and Ciampino airports were cancelled and passenger checks were tightened while security was also ratcheted up at airports in Milan.

Security was also strengthened at the Belgium’s embassies to Italy and the Vatican in Rome as well as at the ambassador’s residence and at Belgian cultural institutes, Italian daily La Repubblica reported.

Italian trade associations voiced concern that the Brussels attacks would negatively impact tourist bookings in Rome and other Italian cities ahead of Easter, usually one of the busiest times of the year.

Brussels was in lockdown after Tuesday’s attacks and its airport and the entire public transport system in Brussels were closed.

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