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Dikembe Mutombo at Brussels airport during attacks, was unharmed

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The former Hawk explained what he saw in the airport to CNN.

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Basketball Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Hawk Dikembe Mutombo was among those that was at the airport in Brussels on Tuesday during the attacks in the morning. Mutombo posted on his Facebook page letter people know that he was there when the attack occurred, but was safe.

God is good. I am in Brussels Airport with this craziness. I am fine.

Posted by Dikembe Mutombo on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Thank you everyone. I am safe here. God is good.

Posted by Dikembe Mutombo on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

"I was in lounge and next time I heard people start screaming and everyone start running," he told CNN's Brooke Baldwin. "Because I was napping, and I was like, 'What's going on?' I thought it was such a joke.

"A lady was like, 'Everybody out. Everybody out. We have to go, we have to go. A lot of people are bleeding downstairs and a lot of people are hurt.' And there was no hesitation from there. I brought my bag and I start running." Mutombo added that he ran through the terminal and toward the tarmac.

The explosions at the airport and subway station killed more than 30 people, and injured over 200. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Mutombo had his number retired by the Hawks in November of 2015. He was an eight-time All-Star during his 19-year career. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame last year.