People wait inside a sport complex turned into a crisis facility for passengers in transit following the evacuation of Brussels airport, on Mar. 23, in Leuven, one day after two massive suicide blasts by men with bombs in their bags hit the airport, leaving blood and mangled bodies strewn across the check-in hall and sending terrified travellers fleeing. Bombings claimed by the Islamic State group at Brussels airport and on a metro train left around 35 people dead and more than 200 injured in the city that hosts NATO and EU headquarters. (Sophie Kip | AFP | Getty Images)
Indian American groups have condemned the terrorist attack in Brussels claimed by the dreaded ISIS that killed around 35 people and injured over 200 others. (@Siliconeer, #Siliconeer, #GOPIO, #BrusselsTerrorAttacks)
The Association of Indian Muslims of America in a statement expressed its outrage and shock at the terrorist attack carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS) on civilians at the airport and a metro station in Brussels.
The attack killed around 35 people and injured over 200 others.
Kaleem Kawaja, executive director of the association, appealed to governments in western countries to enforce stringent security measures in public places to flush out suspected terrorists.
He also appealed to authorities at all the mosques, Islamic centers and organizations in these countries to report to the local police any suspicious and radicalized individuals in their Muslim communities.
Sending its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, American Sikh Council said such heinous acts must be condemned in the strictest manner.
“We pray for a speedy and full recovery of the injured.
Our prayers are with all the victims, their families, and local community. May Almighty God lighten your burden, and grace you with hope and healing under these very difficult circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of profound tragedy and grief,” it said.
The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO International) expressed its strong and unequivocal condemnation of the series of killings and attacks in Brussels.
GOPIO said in a statement that it considers these brutal and despicable acts as unforgivable and unjustified criminal actions directed to create widespread fear among innocent citizens.
“We consider these killings as heinous acts against humanity, coming soon after recent brutal attacks in France and other countries,” it said.
Another organization, United Sikhs in a statement condemned the Brussels attack.
“The apparently coordinated explosions in Brussels – including at least one by a suicide bomber at the airport – created a renewed sense of threat that spilled far beyond Brussels, as authorities boosted police patrols in cities such as Paris, London and Washington,” it said.
Amarjit Kaur, president of United Sikhs Belgium chapter, said: “Attacks like these instigate hate against minority communities. It’s time to share love and compassion towards one another.”