Kent State University students in Brussels for spring break are safe after terror attacks

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KENT, Ohio -- A group of Kent State University students and faculty on a spring break trip in Brussels is safe.

Dozens of people were killed and over 170 were injured during three explosions at an airport and subway station in Brussels Tuesday. ISIS has taken responsibility for the blasts.

The 19  students and two faculty members have been in Brussels since Saturday, according to Kent spokesperson Kristen Anderson, on a trip through the Kent State College of Business.

The group was studying finance and were in Brussels when the attacks happened. They weren't close enough to see or hear anything, Anderson said.

Professor Donald Williams, who is with them, is familiar with Brussels and has lead the trip on previous occasions.

"This is the first time we have ever had students particularly in an area that's had this kind of an incident," said associate dean Robert Hisrich. "We could all be concerned and not go anywhere, but I mean, that would sort of not a smart thing to do so there was no reason to suspect anything."

The students are staying together at their hotel.

They plan to leave Brussels on Wednesday as per their initial plan. They will then travel to other locations in Europe before returning to Kent on Monday.

"It's just like if you travel anywhere, you have to be vigilant when you do it and you have to know some places in the city you shouldn't go to," Hisrich said.

Continuing coverage here. 

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