Today in New Delhi, India
Oct 16, 2018-Tuesday
New Delhi
  • Humidity
  • Wind

Modi visits blast-hit Brussels metro station, pays tributes to victims

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday visited the Maelbeek metro station in Belgium where an Islamic State bombing last week left 20 people dead and more than 100 injured.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2016 17:20 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times
Modi in Brussels,Prime Minister Narendra Modi,Modi pays tributes to Brussels attacks victims
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes to the victims of a terror attack at a Brussels metro station.(Prasun Sonwalkar/HT Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday visited the Maelbeek metro station in Brussels where a terror bombing killed 20 people and injured more than 100 people last week.

Modi paid tributes to the victims of the blast, which also killed an Infosys employee, Raghavendra Ganesan. His death was confirmed by Belgian authorities on Monday.

“At a time of grief, India stands in solidarity. Before official engagements, PM lays wreath at Maalbeek metro station,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

At the attack site, the Modi remembered Ganesan and other victims of the tragic attack, Swarup said.

Terrorism was a major focus of Modi’s day-long Brussels trip for the 2016 India-EU summit. This is the first leg of Modi’s three-nation tour of Belgium, the US and Saudi Arabia.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the metro station attack site in Brussels. (Prasun Sonwalkar/HT Photo)

He earlier met with select members of the European Union and Belgian parliaments in his first official engagement after his arrival in Brussels on Wednesday.

On his daylong visit to Brussels on Wednesday, Modi will hold a bilateral summit with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and then attend the 13th India-European Union (EU) Summit. He will also address around 5,000 members of the Indian diaspora at an event later in the day.

Modi’s visit comes days after the March 22 terror attacks in Brussels which killed at least 32 people, including Raghavendran Ganeshan, who was an Infosys employee from Bengaluru.

From Brussels, Modi will leave for Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit on March 31 and April 1 and from there he will travel to Saudi Arabia on a two-day visit with a focus on boosting energy and security cooperation.

With inputs from agencies

First Published: Mar 30, 2016 16:16 IST