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University of Missouri students safe following Brussels terror attacks

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An ambulance leaves the metro station, closed by police, in Brussels, Belgium. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing a number of people and injuring many more. (AP) An ambulance leaves the metro station, closed by police, in Brussels, Belgium. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing a number of people and injuring many more. (AP)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Sixteen University of Missouri students, who are part of a semester-long internship program in Brussels, are safe following Tuesday’s terror attacks.

Professor Gareth Harding took to Twitter following the explosions at the airport and metro station to say that the journalism students were accounted for.

In a Skype interview, Harding said some of the students were working at Politico Europe, which had just set up an office in Brussels, “a couple hundred meters from where the blast happened at the metro station.”

Following the explosions, Harding said he made contact with all of the students to confirm their safety.

Harding told News 4 the journalism students will be kept out of harm’s way and will not allowed on the streets to report on the attacks because they have not been trained for trauma scenarios. He said after the attacks the students were told to stay wherever they were when the attacks occurred, whether it was at home or work.

The students’ parents are being constantly updated about the situation, according to Harding.

Harding said there were some students from St. Louis in the program, but did not have an exact number.

The internship program is in its eighth year.

At least 26 were killed and over 130 more were injured when the attacks occurred. No extremist group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.  

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