An Aberdeen man said he felt the force of a suicide explosion while working in Brussels, on what he has called a “sad day” for the city.
Ross McKenzie, 26, was stunned by a loud bang as he sat in a meeting, just a street away from the second fatal blast to strike the Belgian capital.
He said: “We thought it was construction works at first.
“We heard a loud bang and felt a tremor come through the building.
“We sat in silence for a few minutes – then the fire engines came streaming past our window, and we knew it was a second attack.”
Ross, a policy adviser for MEP Ian Duncan, was forced to stay locked down in the building near to the Maelbeek metro station.
He had been using the station the day before the attacks, at the exact time the explosion would later hit.
Ross, who is from the Hazlehead area, said: “It’s such a sad day for the city.
“To see the place I was only in just yesterday, and to see all this happening – it’s hard to take.
“The Belgian people are incredibly welcoming, and this is a wonderful city. I’m sure they will show great solidarity.”