Terrorist attacks at Brussels Airport and Maalbeek metro station on 22 March 2016 claimed 32 lives. Hundreds of people were injured.
A first bomb exploded in the departure hall at Zaventem at 7:58. Five years on the names of the 16 victims at the airport were read out at this exact time. In all two bombs exploded at the airport. A third bomb failed to detonate. Two suicide bombers were also killed.
During the ceremony King Filip and the queen placed a wreath of flowers at the monument in the departure hall.
A similar ceremony unfolded at Maalbeek metro station where a further 16 people had died during a blast on board a carriage full of passengers at 9:11.
Both at Zaventem and Maalbeek the king, queen and premier spoke with survivors and victims’ relatives. Due to the pandemic only a limited number of people were able to attend the ceremonies.
A third ceremony will take place at the monument to victims of terrorism in the Wetstraat in Brussels at noon.