Belgium to respond to threat firmly, calmly, with dignity: King Philippe

Brussels:  Belgium will respond to the threat it faces "firmly, calmly and with dignity," King Philippe said in a televised address on Tuesday evening in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks. "Our country is in the mourning," Xinhua quoted the king as saying in a short speech broadcast at 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT). Describing the attacks as "cowardly and odious," King Philippe said he and his wife Mathilde shared their sorrow with those who have lost a loved one or who were injured. He praised the work of the emergency services and gave thanks to "all those who spontaneously offered help." King Philippe concluded: "Faced with this threat, we will continue to respond firmly, calmly and with dignity. Let us remain confident in ourselves. This confidence is our strength." IANS