Witnesses Recount ‘Horrible Experience’ During Brussels Attacks

By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
March 22, 2016 2:54 pm Last Updated: March 22, 2016 2:54 pm

Witnesses detailed the horror they experienced during the terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22.

Bombs hit the Brussels airport and subway. The scene at the airport was chaotic, with blood splattered, collapsed ceilings and windows blown out. At least one of the bombs was detonated by a suicide bomber.

The blown out windows of Zaventem airport are seen after a deadly attack in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Authorities in Europe have tightened security at airports, on subways, at the borders and on city streets after deadly attacks Tuesday on the Brussels airport and its subway system. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
The blown out windows of Zaventem airport are seen after a deadly attack in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

An employee who works for the check-in and baggage services firm Swissport, said the first bomb went off near the counter where passengers pay for overweight luggage.

“Twenty meters from us we heard a big explosion,” he said. “It’s like when you’re in a party and suddenly your hearing go out, from like a big noise,” said the worker, Anthony Deloos.

He initially thought a billboard had fallen down until a coworker told him to run.

“I jumped into a luggage chute to be safe,” said Deloos.

Stopping by to buy magazines might have saved his life

Marc Noel was waiting for his Atlanta-bound Delta flight on his way back home to Raleigh, North Carolina.

While he bought magazines at a store in the airport, the first bomb detonated about 50 yards away from him.

“People were crying, shouting—children. It was a horrible experience,” said Noel.

He also said that stopping by to buy magazines might have saved his life.

“I would probably have been in that place when the bomb went off.”

It was a scene of horror. Belgium doesn’t deserve this.
— Alphonse Lyoura, Witness

Alphonse Lyoura, a baggage security officer who saw the explosion, spoke to French broadcaster BFMTV and said he initially heard one shot.

“But after the shot, I heard someone who spoke an Arabic language. After a few words, there was an explosion, a loud detonation. Everyone was in a general panic; it was horrible,” he said.

“I helped six or seven people. We pulled out five bodies that were no longer moving. It was a scene of horror. Belgium doesn’t deserve this. There was a man who had lost both his legs, a policeman whose leg was completely smashed,” continued Lyoura while crying.

Journalist  Ketevan Kardava was ready to board a flight to Geneva, when she said something black and suitcase-shaped detonated in front of a nearby Delta Airlines counter. Kardava said glass broke and smoke filled the air.

“We were crying, shouting, running we didn’t know where,” she said.

Kardava said she heard a second blast, and by then there was complete chaos in the terminal building and could not see much. She said security led thousands of people to the back of the airport, where they waited until they thought it would be safe enough to leave.

Officials said the subway blast came about an hour after the airport bombings. Twenty people were killed in the metro attack and more than 100 were wounded. Passengers evacuated to safety through dark tunnels.

Evan Lamos, a journalist, was on a metro between Maelbeek and Art-Loi stations when he said everyone “felt a small blast of air” and “heard some thudding in the distance.”

The train then stopped, the lights and engine turned off, and a message on the intercom said there had been a disturbance on the line.

“People were obviously nervous. I think a lot of people like myself have been reading about the explosion at Brussels airport as they were on their way to work,” he said. 

“After a few minutes someone came from the front of the metro to the back of the metro, opened up the metro doors, installed a ladder and had us evacuated on to the tracks and walk back to the Art-Loi metro station,” said Lamos, who recorded a video of the evacuation.

At least 31 people were killed and dozens have been injured. Since the attacks, the city has been on lockdown and high alert.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.