Former NBA center and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo was present at the Brussels Airport in Belgium on Tuesday during the deadly terrorist attacks that have reportedly killed, at least, 31 people and have left hundreds injured.
Mutombo made two social media posts to Facebook to let the world know that he was alright and safe after the horrific events.
Mutombo played 19 seasons in the NBA and was an eight-time All-Star. The Congolese-American player was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.
ISIS has already claimed responsibility for the attacks as they stated on several of their websites and Twitter accounts (refuse to embed them on this site) that several of the group’s extremists opened fire inside the airport’s international terminal before detonating suicide bombs. About an hour after the attacks at the airport, another bomb was detonated inside one of the city’s subway cars near the European Union headquarters.
The official statement from ISIS reads:
“Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices on Tuesday, targeting an airport and a central metro station in the center of the Belgian capital Brussels, a country participating in the coalition against the Islamic State. Islamic State fighters opened fire inside the Zaventem airport, before several of them detonated their explosive belts, as a martyrdom bomber detonated his explosive belt in the Maalbeek metro station.”
President Obama addressed the situation from Havana, Cuba, where he was attending the international friendly baseball match between the Cuban National team and the Tampa Bay Rays.
— WH National Security (@NSC44) March 22, 2016
The Brussels attacks come just months after the deadly Paris attacks in November which ISIS also claimed responsibility for. The Paris attacks killed 130 people and injured more than 300 others.
Obviously, a very sad and scary day for Belgium and a terrible reminder that the world is a messed up place full of bad people who have no issue bringing harm to others.
Not if, but when the world finally decides to bombard and takes out ISIS, it would only be fitting for Dikembe Mutombo to show up to their trials and/or funerals, wave his finger at them and say “not in my house,” as that is the only recognition these terrorist scum deserve.
— Flanny’s Bag Skate (@DailyBagSkate) March 22, 2016
The world still watches and prays for the people of Belgium this Tuesday evening, all while the basketball world is thankful for the sparing of Dikembe Mutombo’s life.