Basketball Hall of Fame center Dikembe Mutombo was at Brussels Airport during the terrorist attack on Tuesday morning that killed more than 30 people. Mutombo told his followers and friends on Facebook that he was safe, despite the attack.
“God is good. I am in Brussels Airport with this craziness. I am fine,” Mutombo wrote. He followed it up with a photo of himself to thank everyone and say that he is safe.
The NBA legend was in Brussels waiting for a connecting flight to the United States when the attacks happened. He spoke at a cancer conference in his native Congo on Monday as part of work in his Dikembe Mutombo Foundation.
“I was in the lounge and next time I heard people start screaming and everyone start running. Because I was napping, and I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I thought it was such a joke,” he told Brooke Baldwin of CNN.
Mutombo mentioned that a lady alerted them of what happened and that’s when he picked up his bag and started running. He also noted that he saw a lot of people that were bleeding and hurt.
“I just feel bad for the family of the loved ones that lost their lives. Feel bad for all the mom and all the citizen that was there that couldn’t run and that couldn’t move. It was very crazy. I feel very bad,” he added.
According to Reuters, ISIS has claimed that they were responsible for the attack in Brussels on Tuesday. Islamic fighters opened fired inside the Zaventem Airport in Brussels before detonating their explosive belts.
A subsequent suicide bomber then attacked a Brussels metro train station. The terrorist attacks happened four days after Brussels police captured the prime suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks.
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