Minute of silence at airport and metro station


Ceremonies were held this morning in Brussels and Zaventem in memory of the 32 people killed and more than 300 injured due to terrorism on 22 March 2016

Names read out

Emotional ceremonies were held this morning at Brussels Airport and Maalbeek metro station in the EU quarter in honour of the lives lost to the terrorist attacks of 22 March 2016. The suicide bombings that morning killed 32 people and wounded hundreds more.

At the airport, located outside Brussels in Zaventem, the ceremony was held in the departure hall (pictured), where the two terrorists detonated their bombs at about 8.00 on the day of the attacks. The names of the 16 people killed there were read out, followed by the song “Amazing Grace”.

At Maalbeek, where a third suicide bomber struck about 20 minutes later, the names of the 16 people who died in that location were also read aloud and music played. At 9.55 both locations observed a minute of silence simultaneously.

Memorial Garden

Several hundred people, including surviving victims, gathered at both locations. “Three years ago, 16 people list their lives here,” said An Van Hamme, spokesperson for transport authority MIVB, at the ceremony at Maalbeek. “Their names have been written on the station’s wall so that they will always remain in our memories.”

Later today, a moment of reflection will be held at the airport’s Memorial Garden, dedicated to the victims of the attacks and home to the artwork ‘Flight in Mind’.

While all three suicide bombers were killed, other suspects involved in the bombings have yet to go on trial. The federal court told VRT that they hoped to be able to bring the case to trial next year.

Photo: Eric Lalmand/BELGA