'Praying for Belgium': Louisiana leaders respond to deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels _lowres

A woman places candles in the shape of a heart outside the stock exchange in Brussels on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. At least 26 people were reported dead. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Dozens of people have been killed and more wounded in bombing attacks on the Brussels airport and one of the city’s metro stations Tuesday. (Read the latest updates on the attacks here.)

Now Louisiana leaders are offering their thoughts and condolences in the latest attack, for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards:

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District:

U.S. Sen. David Vitter:

“Wendy and my prayers go out to all the families and friends of those who lost loved ones today in Brussels, and over the weekend in Istanbul,” said Vitter. “It’s absolutely necessary to strongly unite against terrorists, but political correctness is simply not good enough. Radical Islamic terrorists are not going to stop their horrific acts killing innocent people across the globe just because our Administration chooses their words carefully. We must not ignore shortfalls in our refugee process that provide opportunity for terrorist organizations, and these senseless terror attacks only reaffirm the urgent need to reverse our country’s lax policies so that we prevent dangerous terrorists from stepping onto U.S. soil under the guise of seeking refuge.”

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy:

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser:

6th District U.S. Rep. Garret Graves:

3rd District U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany:

State Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City:

Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, Republican candidate for Senate: