Victims Of Brussels Terror Attacks Named

Leopold Hecht and Adelma Tapia Ruiz died in the atrocities

Victims of the twin terror attacks in Brussels that left 31 people dead are starting to be identified.

The death of student Leopold Hecht in the bombing at Maalbeek metro station was confirmed with “immense sadness” by the rector of Saint-Louis University in the city.

Branding Tuesday’s deadly atrocities “barbaric acts”, Pierre Jadoul said in a statement: “There is no word to describe our dismay in the face of this new. All our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.”

Adelma Tapia Ruiz and her husband

Adelma Tapia Ruiz and her husband

Earlier came confirmation that a Peruvian mother of three-year-old twins was one of those killed in the double suicide bomb attack at Brussels airport.

Adelma Tapia Ruiz, 37, died while checking in at Zaventem Airport, ahead of a planned trip to visit relatives in New York.

According to reports her husband and two daughters survived the attack.

The girls are said to have gone off to play, with their father in pursuit, moments before the bomb went off.

Her brother, Fernando Tapia, said: “She had twins called Maureen and Alondra Delcambe Tapia.

“They were in the Brussels airport, too, they were connecting through to New York to meet my sister Milenka Tapia. In the end this attack stopped this destiny.”

According to Mr Tapia, his sister had lived in Belgium for nine years after marrying a local man.

“She had also planned to come back to Peru this year. Now she can’t come back.”

At least 31 people were killed in the attacks on Zaventem Airport and Maalbeek metro station and around 270 were injured.

:: In the UK, anyone affected or concerned about others caught up in the attacks can call +442070080000.

:: The Belgian Crisis Centre has also set up a helpline for people calling from outside Belgium: +3278151771. Those in Belgium are asked to call 1771.

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