Former IU basketball standout, IUPUI professor impacted by Brussels terrorist attacks

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 22, 2016)-- Several coordinated terrorist attacks rocked Brussels on Tuesday.  The blasts killed at least 30 people and injured over 200.  Along with devastating Belgium, the attacks also impacted people with strong ties to central Indiana.

Former Indiana University basketball standout Jordan Hulls lives right outside of Brussels.  Currently, he plays professional basketball in Europe.

"It was just kind of frightening and surreal knowing that terrorism can happen everywhere," said Hulls.

Hulls and his wife were unharmed in the attacks, but regularly travels through the train station and airport targeted Tuesday.

"It’s just kind of crazy. We've been there and we've done that and we know exactly where that Starbucks was hit," said Hulls.

Currently, there's no known threat to the United States, however, patrols have increased at many airports across the country.

John Pistole, former head of the TSA and counter terrorism for the FBI, suggests more random TSA checks at airports.  Currently, he serves as the president of Anderson University.

"We know from debriefings of terrorists who were arrested before they could carry out the attacks that they are typically deterred by three things – uniform presence, K9s and CCTV ," said Pistole.

Josette Jones, a Belgium citizen and professor at IUPUI watched the horror unfold on TV as she frantically tried reaching her loved ones back home. Her nephew serves as a police officer in Brussels. Eventually, Jones was able to connect with her family and confirm that they were all safe.

"I couldn't believe it because I have stood in line in that train station  many times with my husband. It was unbelievable. Terror is not the answer. We need to all get together and be strong and don’t accept terrorism," said Jones.

 

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