News of yet another deadly terrorist attack dominated the headlines Tuesday, this time in the Belgian capital of Brussels where at least two dozen people were killed in separate attacks at the local airport and subway. It’s unclear whether the attacks were in retaliation for the capture of Salah Abdeslam, thought to be one of the masterminds behind last year’s Paris shootings who was hiding out in Belgium, or whether it was plot already in progress that was nonetheless carried out hastily because of the arrest. More than 200 people were injured in the attacks, for which ISIS is now reportedly claiming responsibility.
As it turns out, Hall of Fame center Dikembe Mutombo was actually at the airport during the attack, but managed to escape uninjured. He took to Facebook soon after and posted a pair of messages to fans letting them know he was okay.
The 49-year-old Mutombo retired from basketball in 2009 and has spent much of his post-playing career focused on his various humanitarian efforts, particularly in his native Congo. He currently lives in Atlanta, where he played with the Hawks from 1996 to 2001 before being traded at the February deadline to the Philadelphia 76ers for Theo Ratliff.