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Antwerp Trading Normal, Bourse Access Remains Restricted

Mar 23, 2016 10:47 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Trading at Antwerp’s diamond bourses was normal today but access remained restricted following the March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels that reportedly killed more than 30 people.

“The security alert level is maintained, which was instated after the Paris attacks,” Karen Rentmeesters, a spokesperson for the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, said in an email to Rapaport News. “There are no indications whatsoever of a direct threat towards the Antwerp diamond industry.”

Like yesterday, the diamond exchanges are only accessible from certain entrances, Rentmeesters added. The Belgian diamond trade joined a minute of silence held throughout the country Wednesday.

The threat level in the country is still at 4, the highest level, after authorities raised it following the attacks, but certain guidance to the public, such as an instruction to stay inside, were eased at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Two explosions took place at Brussels Airport Tuesday morning and a third blast happened at a metro station near the European Union offices in the capital.
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