03/22/2016 16:31 EDT | Updated 03/23/2017 01:12 EDT

Vancouver students visiting Belgium are OK after Brussels bombings

VANCOUVER — A group of Grade 9 and 10 students from Vancouver, B.C., is safe in Belgium.

The 23 students from Sir Charles Tupper Secondary and their three chaperones were in Ghent, about 35 kilometres outside Brussels, when a series of bombings damaged the Belgian airport and a subway station in Brussels.

A news release from the Vancouver School Board says the group is travelling to Paris on a bus and will be flying home as soon as possible.

Scott Robinson, the board's superintendent, says they're grateful those in the group are safe and on their way home.

Robinson says their thoughts are with the people of Belgium and those directly affected by the terror attacks.

(The Canadian Press, Roundhouse Radio)

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