Brussels attacks: Taxi driver recalls blood-covered toddler, crying over fallen mom

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Brussels terror attacks

BRUSSELS — There in the flood of ceiling tiles that covered the departure terminal floor sat the toddler.

The girl was covered in blood, crying and perched on another victim. Her mother, probably. The woman appeared to be dead.

“Those images stayed with me in my mind, and I keep seeing the girl crying, crying, crying. She is just a girl,” said Francisco Izquierdo, a taxi driver who had gone into Departure Hall 1 at Brussels Airport.

Izquierdo told CNN that he was told by police not to take the girl away. It would be easier to identify the girl, if she was next to her mom.

Izquierdo knew his son, an airport cafe employee, was inside when the bombs had exploded and he went inside to look.

He couldn’t believe what he saw in the terminal and took out his phone to record the devastation.

In the video, small fires still burn as emergency workers spray hissing fire extinguishers.

The vast terminal is quiet, except for the agonizing wailing of a man we cannot see. A high-pitched alarm — the kind you might hear from an electric cart that carries passengers to their gates — rings.

Only a few people are in the lobby. First responders work their way through the debris, searching, finding other bodies under the rubble. Most of the survivors have evacuated.

Belgian officials have said 10 people were killed Tuesday at the airport. Another 21 people died in an attack at a subway station. At the two sites at least 270 people are wounded.

As Izquierdo treks through the hall and across the disastrous results of the twin bombing, he finds an older woman who needs help. She has a cut on her hand. She is distraught, seems lost. He leads her outside.

It is an ugly scene. People are lying on the sidewalk. What looks like one body is alone; it appears to have its face covered.

Each of the wounded has a person kneeling beside them. One woman clutches a victim’s hands.

Izquierdo went back inside but he never found his son. The bistro is deserted.

Later, he talked to his wife and daughter. They told him his son had survived and was OK. He left the airport as people ran from the site of the bombings and took a co-worker to the hospital.

3 comments

  • CYNIC

    The world needs a new glass factory and Syria isn’t a bad place to start. They gave out candy and took an online vote among supporters as to where to bomb next. It’s about time we take off the PC-globalist-solidarity gloves and start unleashing the brutality of the world’s most powerful military. Right now we’re being beaten by a few thousand maniacs with the support of millions of their neighbors. And not only that we’re financially supporting them. This has to end fast.

  • Clavius

    People need ro realize these muslim terrorists are only following their islamic religion. Their profit Mohammad was a wicked man who killed many people and spead Islam with fear and war. The koran teaches muslims to fight and conquer all non muslims until all religions belong to allah. The koran permits muslims to lie and decieve non muslims if it benifits their lives or islam. So never trust a “moderate” muslim because behind their fake smile they may want you dead at the hands of their felow “exremist” muslim. For all of yoy brainwashed ones out there just know that I’m not racist because “muslim” is not a race its a religion. Please dont mistake a hindu with a muslim, muslims actually kill them too, and remember..never trust a muslime because the only good muslim is one who dorsnt understand and follow their own religion.

  • Barry McCockner

    These worthles muzzies cant handle a country of their own so they take advantage of our weak leaders and invade Europe. Europe will be a slum land too if they keep allowing weapons of mass immigration.

Comments are closed.