Peruvian woman among dead in Brussels carnage

23rd March 2016, Comments 0 comments

A Peruvian woman was among those killed in the deadly attacks in Brussels, as her family looked on, the foreign ministry said.

The woman was identified as Adelma Marina Tapia Ruiz, who had been living in Belgium for six years. One of her daughters was wounded by flying debris.

"They took away everything she wanted to do with her life," her grieving widower Fernando Tapia told local media, referring to his late wife.

Two Colombians and an Ecuadoran national also were among the wounded, their governments said.

Two massive suicide blasts by men with bombs in their bags hit Zaventem airport, leaving blood and mangled bodies strewn across the check-in hall and sending terrified travelers fleeing.

About an hour after the airport blasts, a third explosion rocked Maalbeek metro station, in the heart of the city's EU quarter, just as commuters were making their way to work.

Around 35 people were killed and hundreds wounded.

Police helicopters hovered over the city late into the night and raids were underway across Belgium, prosecutors said, adding that a bomb, an Islamic State flag and chemicals had been found in one apartment.

© 2016 AFP

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