NBA News: Dikembe Mutombo Was At Brussels Airport During Terrorist Attacks, Passes Unscathed
NBA Hall of Famer, Dikembe Mutombo, was an eye witness to the Brussels terrorist attack which killed at least 30 people on Tuesday. Hundreds of people were injured in the coordinated attack in the Belgian capital.Advertisement
According to CNN, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly terror attacks in Brussels. The attacks were coordinated at Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek metro station. Soon after the attacks, Mutombo assured his fans through Facebook that he is safe.
“God is good. I am in Brussels Airport with this craziness. I am fine.” Read his first post. The he followed up with another post. “Thank you everyone. I am safe here. God is good.”
Later Mutombo spoke to Brooke Baldin of CNN. Mutombo revealed that he was napping and woke up to hear people screaming “and everyone started running.” One woman was shouting, “We have to go, a lot of people are bleeding downstairs, and a lot of people are hurt.”
Mutombo is now known for his charitable work after his retirement. He has formed the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation for that purpose.
In his 18-year-NBA career, Mutombo has featured in over 8-All star appearance and 4 defensive player of the year award. Mutombo was in Atlanta on Thursday for an UNICEF event. On Monday he was back home in Congo to speak at The Saving Lives Through the Prevention and Treatment of Cervical Cancer Conference via his Foundation.
His statement from the Foundation on the Brussels terrorist strikes reads: Today we bow our heads in remembrance for those who lost their lives in Brussels. And we give thanks for all of the first responders offering support, strength, and solidarity to everyone impacted by these horrible tragedies.
Local authorities are working to move everyone to safe locations while the City navigates through this act of terror. Please join us in keeping Brussels in your thoughts and prayers.