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Belgium marks one week since attacks

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 01:39

One week after the bombing attacks that killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds more, Brussels is trying to get back to life as normal although many residents say the city is forever changed. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Brussels is tentatively getting back to work -- a full week after Islamist bomb attacks ripped through the heart of the city. Three days of mourning -- then the long Easter weekend -- and the capital of the European Union is slowly getting back to normal. Riders at the Maalbeek metro station, where one of the bombs went off, pause. And reflect. (SOUNDBITE) (French) WOMAN WHO WORKS IN NEIGHBORHOOD, ALINE DOSIMONT, SAYING: "We're in the fallout stage now. We were under pressure for all of last week and now we're starting to breathe a bit." (SOUNDBITE) (French) COMMUTER, PROVIDENCE UWASE, SAYING: "I got the metro just now and I saw that there were people about. Life will grow again." The attacks claimed by Islamic State killed at least 35 people and wounded scores more -- well over 300. Nearly a hundred people are still in the hospital. The airport, where two bombs took the greatest casualty toll, is finally starting to get ready to take on a limited number of passengers this week. But beyond the grim reality of the dead and wounded, is the other reality that lawmakers are under fire over possible missteps in security and intelligence, and that political blame game is testing Belgium's fragile unity. Reminding other residents of Brussels that perhaps 'getting back to normal' for now is beyond reach. (SOUNDBITE) (French) WOMAN WHO WORKS IN NEIGHBORHOOD, HELENE MORDRET, SAYING: "We didn't feel like it was something that could touch us personally because, I don't know, we felt a bit protected. But now I think people have realized there is a threat, and now we'll always look at things differently."

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Belgium marks one week since attacks

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 01:39