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Brussels airport delays reopening after terror attacks

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BRUSSELS  –  Brussels airport says it won’t reopen today and it could be months before it is completely operational after a week ago’s terrorist assaults.

Many airport staff came back to work on Tuesday to test whether partial operations could resume.But the scale of the damage along with new security measures demanded by authorities has delaying the reopening, according to reports.

Airport spokeswoman Anke Fransen said authorities were still reviewing the results of the practice run.

Enhanced screening measures are being introduced ahead of the departure area after two bombs were set off near check-in desks a week ago.

When the green light is given for the airport to reopen, it will initially operate at about one fifth of its previous capacity.

Airport chief executive Arnaud Feist has warned it could take months for Zaventem to be fully operational again.

The airport has been closed since twin bombings wrecked the departure hall on March 22, in coordinated suicide attacks claimed by the Islamic State group and which also hit Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels.

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5 dead as gunman attacks churchgoers in Russia

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At least five people were killed and another five were injured when a gunman attacked a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported.

The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan.

Russian news agencies said the attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated Maslenitsa, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.

CCTV footage from the site of the deadly shooting shows a man armed with a rifle gunning down two women in broad daylight.

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A bearded man clad in a black vest and camouflage pants was seen crossing the street before opening fire on two female churchgoers as they left a service in Kizlyar in the Republic of Dagestan on Sunday afternoon. A woman walking several meters from the attacker was seen rushing away as the bloodshed unfolded.

The attacker was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee.

He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person.

Initial reports suggested all five victims were women, TASS said, citing the local branch of the interior ministry.

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