How Sebastien Bellin came to symbolize a shattered city’s resolve to stand up to terrorists. International basketball player undergoes surgery after attack.
The Brazilian born man and international basketball player and local Belgian basket ball player for Gent Hawks was one of dozens injured this morning in the terminal by the departures deck at American Airlines after coordinated blasts rocked the city.
Traveling, Bellin was present at the first blast site which killed at least 14, injuring 81, with a second attack at nearby Maalbeek Metro station claiming the lives of another 20 lives and at least 55 injured alone at the second location, with many left literally without limbs.
Local reports tell of Belling being thrown 66 feet into the air by a blast and undergoing surgery for his injuries.
The series of blasts across the city killed 34 people and injured 170 this morning, with witnesses describing horrific scenes with ‘dismembered bodies everywhere’ in the terminal building.
BC Telenet Oostende, a professional Belgian basketball team, has been keeping fans up-to-date with his condition.
The club tweeted: ‘We wish our former player Sebastien Bellin much strength and a speedy recovery! #PrayForBelgium.’
It later added: ‘UPDATE: Sebastian Bellin has his first surgery. There are now still shards in his leg and hip. He was thrown out 20m.’
FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Europe Cup tweeted: ‘We wish former @BCOOSTENDE and Belgium national team player Sebastien Bellin a speedy recovery.’
During his career, Sebastien Bellin was a member of the Belgian national team along with now playing for the Belgian club, Gent Hawks.
This morning the team shared a link on its Facebook page, which reads: ‘The whole Gent Hawks family wishes him a speedy recovery.’
The blasts, which detonated near a Starbucks in the airport and several check-in desks, sent shockwaves through the terminal building, shattering windows, dislodging roof tiles off the ceiling as passengers ran for their lives.
Then 79 minutes later at 9.19am, at least 20 people were killed and scores injured, some critically, when a blast hit a Metro station just 400 meters from the EU headquarters in the city centre.
Today’s atrocities, condemned as ‘blind, violent and cowardly‘ by Belgian prime minister Charles Michel, came after the arrest last week of terror mastermind Salah Abdeslam, who plotted November’s massacre in Paris.
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