Brussels attacks almost killed Norwich's Dieumerci Mbokani

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The Brussels attacks on Tuesday have shook the world.

Terror group Isis have claimed responsibility for the explosions that have killed at least 31 people and injured a further 270.

There were two attacks at Brussels' Airport while there was a third explosion at the Maelbeek Metro Station in the city centre.


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While at least 31 people were tragically killed, there were hundreds that were lucky to escape unscathed.

One of those fortunate enough to live to tell the tale is Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani.


The Congo international has claimed it was a “miracle” that he didn’t die on Tuesday while at the Zeventem Airport. He was due to board a flight with his wife and her nephew Nathan Kabasele, who plays for Dutch side De Graafschap when the awful explosions occurred.

"At the moment of the explosion, I was on the pavement outside the building," he told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure, per Sky Sports.

"If we had been a minute earlier, we would have been dead."

Mbokani added: "It is my wife who saved our lives. I wanted to get there earlier but she said: 'Let's wait for Nathan Kabasele who is taking the same flight. She told me he would arrive in a minute or two'. It is a miracle.

"At the instant of the attack, I was sitting down, then I ran to my wife and we fled towards the Sheraton [hotel] and then to the parking lot behind. I left my seven suitcases where they were. A taxi driver followed me with three suitcases and I got the other four back on Wednesday,” he concluded.

Helping Norwich's fight

Mbokani is on-loan at Carrow Road from Dynamo Kiev and has helped give the Canaries an excellent chance of survival. His four Premier League goals this season have contributed to Alex Neil’s side sitting in 17th with just seven matches left to play.

Mbokani was returning to Belgium where he had spent six seasons at Anderlecht and Standard Liege to see his family and revealed the horrific details of the attacks.

Horrific details

"They came out to the car parks. There was even an Anderlecht supporter who, despite a serious knee injury, came up to me to tell me how much he was a fan of mine. That really touched me," he said.

"We were very close to the dead. I stayed calm at the time to assure my wife who was really hysterical. On getting back home, I went to get my boy from school and hugged him. We didn't say anything. He would be traumatised."

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