SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The terror attacks hit close to home for Belgian nationals living here in the United States.
22News spoke to one woman with dual citizenship in Belgium and the U.S, who has been a citizen of Belgium for more than 20 years.
Chantel Muhayimpundu was in Springfield when she heard about the attacks, but has plans to fly back to Belgium Wednesday morning. Chantel told 22News she immediately called her family and friends after hearing about the explosions. She said they’re all okay, but are still in shock that their country was targeted.
Two of the explosions occurred at the Brussels Airport, the same airport that Chantel was supposed to fly into Wednesday. She said, “Kind of scared about it, but I’m not getting in that panic. The flight is not canceled and I think the security will be good, so I hope for the best.”
Chantel said she still doesn’t know which airport they’ll be landing at yet, since the airport in Brussels is closed.
Belgian officials raised the terror threat level and shut down all public transportation following the explosions.