Brussels Airport Worker Hailed as Hero After Pulling 7 People to Safety After Explosions

March 22, 2016 Updated: March 22, 2016
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An airport worker at the Brussels airport is being hailed as a hero after pulling seven victims of the terror attacks to safety on March 22.

Alphonse Youla was working on a stand, putting security wrapping around suitcases, when he heard—and felt—the explosions.

[A] picture showed him outside the airport covered in blood following his heroic actions.

“I heard a man shout some Arabic words then an explosion.. then a second explosion, a massive explosion, much bigger,” he told the Daily Mail.

“It was a horror. I saw at least seven people dead. There was blood. People had lost legs. You could see their bodies but no legs.”

Pictures later circulated of Youla pulling victims to safety, including one that showed him carrying a victim to safety just seconds after the explosions rocked the building.

Another picture showed him outside the airport covered in blood following his heroic actions.

“I saw people lying on the ground with a lot of blood who weren’t moving anymore,” Youla explained to the Wall Street Journal, adding that he helped carry injured people into elevators to get them away from the scene.

Twitter users praised Youla, with one saying: “Well done Alphonse you are a true hero.”