Wednesday's papers: The terrorist bombings of Europe's capital

A major terror attack has shaken Europe again. Details and analysis about Tuesday's bombings in the EU's capital city of Brussels which killed 34 people and injured some 250, mostly filled the pages of Finnish newspapers a day later. Finnair has cancelled all flights out of Brussels on Wednesday.

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The day after the Brussels terrorist attacks which killed 34 people and injured around 250 people, coverage in Finland's press dealt with immediate reactions and details about what occurred during the course of the city's wretched day.

Some publications, like Ilta-Sanomat, featured maps and graphics to show "how it all happened," and included eyewitness accounts of victims and included many disturbing photographs of bloodied, shocked people.

The paper also featured a story of a Finnish couple who were injured but survived the airport attack. Pasi Moisio and his wife were at the Delta Air Lines check-in counter at Brussels airport when the terrorist's bomb was detonated.

"We're now focusing on survival, I just hope this never happens again," Moisio told Ilta-Sanomat's owner, the daily Helsingin Sanomat, from a military hospital in Belgium.

Moisio and his wife were on the way to New York City.

"My wife received wounds and bruises to the face and head, some of my hearing is gone and I have burns on my head," Moisio said. "When we were taken to a temporary emergency room, it became clear how badly off many others in the queue were."

Analysis, trying to explain the madness

While bloodshed and tragedy took the forefront within the first 24 hours of the bombings, there was also analysis in Wednesday's papers.

Hufvudstadsbladet featured a graph showing how the number of terror attacks in the past decade has actually declined – but at the same time the devastation of attacks has increased.

According to Europol, the actual number of attacks has been steadily falling since a peak in 2007. The paper writes that the reasons the number of attacks is going down is that terror groups which were active in Europe, such as separatists or far left extremists, aren't as active as they once were.

Teemu Sinkkonen, a Senior Research Fellow at the EU research programme told the paper he thinks that Europe-wide cooperation on security will increase.

The paper writes that Sinkkonen said that since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, there have been a few major and bloody attacks in Europe, citing Madrid, London and Paris as examples. After 2005 it was quieter for a while, but has been rising since the terror group the Islamic State became active.

The attacks in Brussels come at a very sensitive time, Sinkkonen says. Citing the refugee situation and rise of far-right nationalist groups, he says the situation is becoming more aggressively politicised.

There are fears that Tuesday's attacks would cause Europe to tighten borders up more than it already has, but Sinkkonen says he doesn't think that it would be the Brussels attacks would directly cause it. Rather, he told the paper, there is a tendency for European nations to intensify cooperation after such tragedies.

Finnair cancels all flights out of Brussels Wednesday

Due to the airport being shut down, Finnair has cancelled all flights to and from Brussels airport on Wednesday.

The airline says scheduled travellers can postpone their tickets until April 6, or change their destinations to Paris, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf or Frankfurt free of charge.

The airline also says ticketed passengers can apply for a refund.

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