Pietermaritzburg man tells of state of fear in Brussels

2016-03-22 14:51
Keeran Blessie-Tobe (Photo supplied)

Keeran Blessie-Tobe (Photo supplied)

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Durban - A Pietermaritzburg man living in Brussels has told of a heightened state of fear with people under lockdown at their offices and homes.

Keeran Blessie-Tobe, speaking to News24 in the wake of three bombings in city on Tuesday morning, said that there was a sense of anticipation amidst heightened security.

“There is a chopper flying over the city and you can just hear sirens. There are emergency vehicles everywhere and there are a lot fewer people on the streets than normal,” he said.

“I have seen a lot more faces in windows and I think a lot of people have decided to stay at home. I have had a lot of messages from friends who were staying off the streets,” he added.

Blessie-Tobe said he had awoken to a barrage of concerned messages before his husband had left for work.

“My husband left for work and he needed to catch the Metro train and some of my friends called to say we shouldn’t use any form of public transport because of the third explosion.  

“I tried to contact him but couldn’t get through and he eventually got in touch half an hour later to say he had arrived at a deserted station and that the train was closed.

“He had walked to work and stopped at a grocery store and he was searched at the door and now he is at the office and they are on lockdown. He is not sure what time he will be home,” Keeran Blessie-Tobe added.  

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