Belinda How was lined up at the Eithad Airways ticket counter at Brussels Airport Tuesday morning when she heard a blast. She and her son, who has Downs syndrome and special needs, were about to check into their flight home to Malaysia after a vacation in Belgium.
“I was the last passenger queuing up,” How told The New York Times. “I was very close to the first blast. Everybody was screaming.”
The blast was one of two bombs that exploded at the airport on Tuesday, one of which was detonated by a suicide bomber. A third bomb went off on a subway car, part of what are believed to be coordinated terror attacks that rocked the city Tuesday morning. The explosions killed at least 34 and injured more than 106 others, officials said. The attacks came just days after Belgians cheered the capture of Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to have been hiding out in Brussels following the attacks in Paris in November.
Following the explosion, How told her son, “You have to run.”
“He said, ‘My leg hurts.’ I think he was panicked. I left my luggage, dragged him and ran. Before I ran out, there was another bomb,” she said.
Authorities asked Belgians to remain in place, and police have cordoned off much of the city center in the wake of the attacks. Photos from reporters on the scene at the airport who posted images on social media show true devastation left in the attack’s wake. And video footage shot in the moments following the blasts at the airport show the immediate aftermath of the terror attack. Watch:
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