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Europe steps up security after deadly blasts in Belgium

France deployed 1,600 additional police officers to bolster security at its borders and on public transport following the deadly blasts in Brussels

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Denmark, Sweden, Finland have increased their airport security after deadly Belgium explosions with France announcing the deployment of additional 1,600 police to guard its transportation system.

Deadly suicide bombings tore through Brussels airport and separate blasts rocked a metro station near EU institutions on Tuesday, putting the Belgian capital on lockdown.

Danish police said they had increased patrols at Copenhagen airport and other key points in the city following the deadly explosions at Brussels airport and a metro station in the city.

“We are aware of what has happened in Brussels. Therefore you will see more police in the airport and at key points in Copenhagen,” Danish police said on its official Twitter page.

Danish authorities have been on high alert since two people were killed in shooting attacks on a free speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen in February last year.

France

France has decided to deploy 1,600 additional police officers to bolster security at its borders and on public transport following the deadly blasts in Brussels on Tuesday, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve
said.

A total of 400 additional police officers will boost security in the greater Paris area, and military patrols will be refocused on public transport sites, the minister said after an emergency meeting with President Francois Hollande.

Cazeneuve said the country continued to face an “extremely high" security threat four months after the Islamist militant attacks in Paris in November that killed 130 people.

“After this morning’s attacks in Brussels, I decided to deploy 1,600 extra police officers at different points across the country, at border checkpoints, and also on air, sea and rail transport infrastructure,” Cazeneuve told reporters.

France also urged to step up anti-terror fight across Europe.

UK

British police also said they would step up their presence at key locations across the country, including transport hubs, after explosions in Brussels on Tuesday.

Mark Rowley, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer, said the move was precautionary and did not result from any specific intelligence.

“In London specifically, the Metropolitan Police Service has mobilized additional officers, who will carry out highly visible patrols at key locations around the capital including the transport network,” Rowley said in a statement.

“We are in close liaison with the Belgium authorities and will continue to monitor the situation.”

European Union president Donald Tusk condemned a series of blasts early Tuesday at Brussels airport and a metro station as appalling “terrorist attacks.”

(With agencies)