BANGOR – The terror group ISIS took responsibility for the deadly explosions in Belgium, leaving the nation on high alert.
“I think it’s horrible. I’ve got enormous sympathy for the families. I think it’s ultimately, primarily a criminal matter that needs to be handled,” said AJ Greif, a trial lawyer.
Over 34 people were killed and many more wounded in the Brussels attacks, a crisis claimed by the terror group ISIS.
“We’re lucky that in this country, since 9/11 there’s been little by way of domestic terrorism and i hope that the combination of the good department of homeland security and two oceans will keep it that way,” said Greif.
Attacks will happen no matter where you go in the world and you just have to do what you want to do,” said Cody Osborne, a Bangor resident.
Willow Bates, a student in Bangor believes that we as a country need to be brave and remember that violence happens everywhere, even in our country.
“The whole point of terrorism is to get people to be afraid and we can’t allow that to be a thing. Whether that is being afraid to those who are foreign to us or traveling, these are things that aren’t real,” said Bates. “That’s the idea that terrorism wants to implant in our heads, these are scary things and they are not, that’s the biggest issue.”
Other cities and countries are increasing security at airports.
“It seems like the more airport security does lock downs and security tightens up, the more this stuff still happens,” said Bates.
Despite the recent attacks overseas, many say they will continue to travel and live their lives.
“I don’t think that this should ever scare anyone from making those travels. Things will happen anywhere you go and so long you’re mindful of them— and to keep them in mind all the time, you should be okay,” said Osborne.