When destruction and terror strikes, heroes step up to the plate.
Alphonse Youla is being lauded as a hero after he helped pull several injured victims to safety after explosions rocked the Brussels airport on Tuesday. Youla heard the bombs explode and quickly raced out to help two elderly victims. He is one bright spot in an otherwise very dark day for Brussels, and the world.
"Two old people who came towards me, I saved them. I put them in the lift but they didn't want to let go of me but I couldn't take them with me. There were too many people there," Youla recounds. He continued, "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."
At least 35 people have been killed and over 250 have been injured after blasts rocked the Brussels airport and metro station.
While one suspect has been detained, the search begins for others linked to the bombings on Tuesday. Brussels police have issued a wanted notice for a man seen by security cameras wearing a hat, and pushing a luggage trolley through the airport. While two of the bombings were suicide attacks, one of them failed to go off, and up to two more conspirators are still on the loose.
Just a few months after the Paris bombings, this attack has rocked Brussels. The city, home to the European Union, has far less stringent border and security measures than other European cities, though this will surely change after the attacks, which have now been claimed by ISIS, exposed weaknesses in both their metro and airport security.
A will was found on one of the attacker's bodies in the airport, which claimed that he did not want to end up in prison for the rest of his life and pointed to the recent arrest of Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam as a driving force behind the Brussels attacks.
(Photo: Gavin Lee BBC via Twitter)
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