March 22, 2016
The American Sikh Council (ASC) [formerly known as World Sikh Council – America Region] is extremely saddened by the brutal act of violence on the Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek Metro subway station in the heart of Brussels, Belgium, on March 22, 2016.
Currently, at least 34 persons have been reported dead including children inside the main check-in terminal and the subway. More than 170 people are injured, some critically while the total headcount of injuries is unknown. The police are on a nationwide manhunt trying to apprehend the main suspects who maybe on the run and outside the Brussels suburbs and possibly in hiding.
The American Sikh Council (ASC) sends its heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have been taken away by this appalling tragedy. We pray for a speedy and full recovery of the injured. Our prayers are with all the victims, their families, and local community. May Almighty God lighten your burden, and grace you with hope and healing under these very difficult circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of profound tragedy and grief.
Such heinous acts must be condemned in the strictest manner and the American Sikh Council (ASC) stands in solidarity with the civilized world.
The American Sikh Council is the umbrella organization representative of Sikhs in the United States. It is an elected body of Sikh Gurdwaras and institutions. Currently 71 Gurdwaras and other Sikh institutions across the nation are members of ASC. The major governing purpose of the organization is to represent the collective view of Sikhs in the United States. ASC works to promote Sikh interests at the national and international level focusing on issues of advocacy, education, and well-being of humankind.