Muslim teacher a victim of Brussels attacks

Loubna Lafquiri
Loubna Lafquiri

A popular Muslim teacher at an Islamic school in Brussels has been named as one of the victims of the Brussels attacks.

Loubna Lafquiri, a mother of three, is one of the 31 people who died in the Islamic State attack on the airport and underground metro line of the Belgian capital.

"She was an exceptional woman, she represented the true values of Islam with generosity and caring," Mohamed Allaf, secretary-general of the Muslim Schools Association, told media.

"We can't be anything but angry and reject the beliefs of these people who claim to be Muslims. There is no religion in the world that advocates killing human beings."

Mr Allaf went beyond insisting the attackers weren't Muslim, saying they are inhuman.

"Whoever supports these people who harm so many others, who paralyse the lives of those around them with fear, is not a human being. We must not support these people, we must report them."

Ms Lafquiri's students have been encouraged to express themselves in drawings, poems and messages. Other teachers said they hoped this would help the children to come to terms with their loss.