African press review 23 March 2016

In South Africa the Sowetan leads with culled Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel’s quote about a day of tragedy and a black day into its front page headline.

Its coverage is complete with eyewitness accounts of the chaotic scenes caused by the explosions at the city’s international airport that triggered a transport shutdown in the city that is home to the headquarters of both the EU and NATO. 

According to the Sowetan the bloodshed comes just days after the dramatic arrest in Brussels on Friday of Salah Abdeslam — the prime suspect in the Paris terror attacks claimed by the Islamic State group — after four months on the run.

 Blood and panic as Brussels comes under attack, screams the South African Times Live.

The paper carries graphic photographs of victims lying in pools of blood, their limbs blown off, as the smoke cleared to reveal scenes of horror after the twin explosions ripped through the main terminal at  a Brussels airport.

In Kenya, the Daily Nation reports that the chaotic scenes in Europe’s capital recalled the days in the wake of the November Paris attacks when Brussels was on lockdown for five days as officials warned of an imminent threat.

The paper says about 25,000 European civil servants working in Brussels and around 30,000 students schooling in the capital’s main university have been sent home.

Nigeria’s The Nation newspaper says extremists’ attacks on high-profile targets in Brussels, Europe’s symbolic capital, just months after Islamic State (IS) group militants killed 130 people in Paris, will raise fresh questions about Europe’s ability to cope with the terror threat

 Meanwhile in Uganda, New Vision reports this morning that Brussels residents held a candle lit vigil in the Place de la Bourse square where they sang songs and waved the Belgian flag, while on social media thousands of people shared images of beloved Belgian cartoon character Tintin in tears.

Source: rfi afrique