Eyewitness Accounts of the Brussels Attacks
Explosions hit the international airport and a subway station in Brussels early Tuesday morning, killing dozens and shutting mass transit systems in Belgium. Here are eyewitness accounts of what happened.
- •At the Brussels AirportThe first two explosions struck the city’s main airport near the check-in counters at about 8 a.m.
- •This photo provided by Georgian Public Broadcaster and photographed by Ketevan Kardava, shows the scene in Brussels Airport after the explosions.PHOTO: KETEVAN KARDAVA,/ASSOCIATED PRESS
- •Alphonse Youla, who handles baggage security at the airport:Mr. Youla was in the departure hall when he heard someone yelling in Arabic before the blasts. Afterward, he helped carry the injured away from the scene, he said. “I saw people lying on the ground with a lot of blood who weren’t moving anymore,” he said.
- •Samir Derrouich, who works in the airport:Mr. Derrouich said the two explosions went off by the check-in desk for Brussels Airlines about 30 yards from where he was standing. He said there was one second between the two explosions. After he saw many injured, and blood and body parts on the ground. “It was apocalypse,” he said.
- •Zak Mouzoun, landed on a flight from Geneva at 7:50 a.m.:Mr. Mouzoun said there was a small explosion and a big one. He hid in the bathroom as part of the ceiling collapsed on him. “When I came out there was a lot of blood everywhere,” he said as he walked away from the airport on the highway, pulling his suitcase.
- •American Cheryl Miller, had just landed on a flight from Newark, N.J.:Ms. Miller, an American who lives in Brussels, had just landed on a flight from Newark and described chaos and panic. “The walls were shaking. There were pieces of the air ducts blown out,” said Ms. Miller. “People were running for cover.”
- •Passengers are evacuated from Brussels Airport after Tuesday’s attack. The bombings there and at a city subway station came just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels.PHOTO: SYLVAIN LEFEVRE/GETTY IMAGES
- •At the Metro StationAfter 9 a.m. local time, another explosion hit at Maelbeek metro station, very near the heart of the European quarter in Brussels.
- •Jerry Simonts, working in a nearby office used by emergency workers to treat some of the wounded:“More than 10 injured people came in. Some of them were heavily burned, partly in their faces. One had cuts everywhere on his body,” he said.
- •A picture provided by Twitter user @evanlamos shows passengers leaving a metro train between the Arts-Lois and Maelbeek metro stations after an explosion at Maelbeek station in Brussels.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
- •Christian Thiercelin, standing outside the station:“We heard a very loud, deafening, explosion,” said Mr. Thiercelin. “It was like an earthquake, the ground was trembling. It clearly came from underground,” he said. Mr. Thiercelin rushed in and ran down to the tracks, where he said the explosion happened. “I saw at least two bodies on the ground. They weren’t moving anymore.”
- •Emergency responders tend to wounded people outside the Maelbeek metro station.PHOTO: MARIJA IVONINAITE/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
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