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Obama on Brussels terror attacks: we must unite against this "scourge of terrorism"

President Barack Obama addressed the bomb blasts that hit Brussels Tuesday morning from Havana, Cuba.

"The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium, and we stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people," Obama said.

"We'll do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium to bring to bring justice to those responsible. We must unite and be together regardless of nationality, race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. We can and we have defeated those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world."

At least 34 people have died and nearly 200 were injured in the terrorist attacks that struck both a subway station and an airport in Brussels at a 8 am local time this morning. Here's what we know about the Brussels attacks so far.

Obama addressed the tragedy at the beginning of a speech on US-Cuba relations while on his historic trip to country, with which the US officially severed relations in 1961. There he met with leader Raúl Castro to discuss the easing of relations between the two countries.

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