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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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2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house

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DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.

The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.

It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.

Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.

Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.

Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.

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