‘Missed bombing by minutes’: Irish teen’s lucky escape from Brussels


One lucky Irish teen has spoken about her near miss in Brussels as more than 30 people are feared dead after terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital this morning. 

The city was struck by three explosions as alleged suicide bombers targeted both the airport and metro stations nearby. 

Shealyn Caulfield, a native of county Antrim, was heading to Brussels airport to catch her flight home with around twenty other youths when the attacks occurred. 

"We missed our first train to the airport so we were 10 minutes behind schedule and missed the bombing by a few minutes," said Shealyn to Belfast Live. 

"As soon as we arrived at the airport we were told to sprint out of the emergency exits. We then were walking towards a metro and were told that there had been another bombing in the metro stations and that public transport was shut down.

"The metro station that we were at this morning outside of our hotel was also bombed.

"We are currently waiting on a private hire coach that the youth service have paid to (go to) Amsterdam and we will get home from there.

"I am part of a group of 20 youths and we are currently in a pub with the locals watching the news and keeping our families updated.

"We have all rallied together and although there has been some tears the moral is high. We definitely have been super lucky."

The Prime Minister of Belgium has not yet confirmed whether the attacks were as a result of the arrest of the prime suspect of the Paris attacks last week. 

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