Brussels Airport baggage handler named as ‘hero’ after pulling wounded people to safety during attacks


A luggage handler at Brussel’s airport has been called a hero after pulling people to safety during the attacks at the airport, instead of running for his life as many did.

Alphonse Lyouras was wrapping bags when he heard the first explosion. He didn’t move until he heard the second explosion two minutes later at the departure area. Instead of running to safety, Alphonse ran towards where the explosion had occurred and started to help the injured.

Eye witnesses said he pulled seven wounded people to safety. He said he saw people whose legs were destroyed in the blast or had sustained awful injuries.

“I helped at least six or seven wounded people. We took out some bodies that were not moving. It was total panic everywhere,” he told AFP “I saw people lying on the ground covered in blood who were not moving. At least six or seven people’s legs were totally crushed. A lot of people lost limbs. One man had lost both legs and there was a policeman with a totally mangled leg.”

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