Brussels is still reeling from a string of overnight bombings at the airport and metro that left at least 34 people dead and up to 230 others injured.
But while the attack has rattled Belgium, and indeed Europe and the world, for some the experience hit closer to home.
Among them, Politico Europe editor Craig Winneker, who was one train away from getting caught in one of the attacks.
LISTEN: Lynda Steele and Craig Winneker talk about the Brussels attack
Winneker’s office is about 150 meters away from the Maelbeek Metro station, where the second attack took place this morning.
He says the airport bombings had already happened and he was rushing in to work to cover the story this morning, and ended up on the metro.
“I’d already heard about the airport bomb… and I was rushing in to work to cover the story, and maybe I wasn’t thinking so clearly, I got on public transportation and kind of ran to catch the train and was in a big hurry… I went out of the metro, got to my office, and by the time I reached the desk about five minutes later the bombing had happened in the place where my train had just gone through.”
Winneker says if he’d been delayed at all, or hadn’t been rushing he might have been in the station when the bomb went off.
He says when he realized what happened he grabbed his notepad and ran into the street to cover the story.
“There were already ambulances, fire, police – there were wounded people on the sidewalk, smoke pouring out of the metro station… It wasn’t until later that it sort of dawned on me that if I had been on the next train or sort of missed the metro, that it could have been me.”
He says since the attack, things have calmed down in the city, with transit shut down and most people staying indoors – though there are plenty of police in the streets.
Winneker says people in Brussels had always known something like this was possible, after it was revealed the Paris attacks had links to the city.
And he says the city had been on alert since then, with soldiers in the street and people wary of their surroundings.
“But you can’t live your whole life like that, and at some point you just get surprised.”
He says the reality of the attack is still just sinking in for many, and most people are staying indoors with public transit shut down.
He says some transit and schools will be open again tomorrow, but that security is expected to be tight.