An amazing photo taken outside a Metro station moments after a bomb killed 20 commuters has become an iconic image of the March 22 Brussels tragedy.
The photo shows a man lying outside the station, covered in blood, with his suit's pant leg blown off, lifting his arm up, and pleading for help. Next to him, stands an unharmed but shocked couple holding each other in a moment of pure relief before turning their attention to the wounded man.
Though the couple have yet to be identified, their image has been shared thousands of times online as a moment of tenderness during the turmoil.
The Brussels metro attack occurred 79 minutes after the Brussels airport bombing, at the end of rush hour when more than 100 commuters were packed into a carriage, reports Daily Mail.
Four blasts went off in parts of the city’s transportation systems. According to official estimates, at least 20 people were killed in the metro attack and another 130 wounded.
“There was a dull thud. We felt a blast of air and my ears popped shortly afterwards,” says passenger Evan Lamos.
Svetlin Lukarov, 26, a banker from Bulgaria, said he would have been on the train had he not stopped "to have a cigarette and a coffee. That cigarette saved my life."
Although ISIS has declared responsibility for the Brussels attacks, two of the suspects have been named as brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui, both Belgian nationals, reports BBC.
A federal prosecutor said Ibrahim took part in the attack on Brussels' Zaventem airport, which killed 11 people. Khalid was involved in the Maelbeek metro bombing. Two other attackers at the airport remain unidentified as one of them died while the other is on the run.