Belgian troops kill ''terrorist'' bomber in Brussels train station
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 12:18
Eric Van Der Sypt, the spokesperson, confirmed at a press briefing on late Tuesday that the man who caused the explosion was "neutralized" by soldiers, but did not reveal whether the man is dead or alive.
A police command auto and several officers were still at the station, an Associated Press photographer said.
The suspected perpetrator was gunned down by soldiers nearly immediately after the explosion, ANP reports.
Prosecutors later said the man had died.
The man shouted "Allahu Akbar" in Arabic before the explosion according to an eyewitness quoted by Het Laatste Nieuws tabloid newspaper. Images posted on social media showed a small fire on the floor of a wide passageway that leads down to trains.
A suspect was shot by police after a small explosion at the Brussels, Belgium Central Train Station Tuesday.
"There's a lot of military here, but the situation seems to be contained", Aazami said.
Some witnesses said they heard a second explosion followed by gunfire, which may have been a flash grenade thrown by soldiers as they attacked the suspect.
Central Station is one of the busiest in the nation and soldiers could be seen patrolling there after the explosion.
The incident is considered a terrorist attack, he said, declining to comment on "rumors" that the suspect was shouting "Allahu Akbar".
The deadliest act of terrorism in Belgium's history are the 2016 Brussels Bombings, coordinated suicide bombings on Zaventem International Airport and the Maalbeek metro station committed by ISIS ("Islamic State in Iraq and Syria"), which killed a total of 32 people, and wounded over 300 others. The suspected perpetrator was neutralized by the soldiers present.
Van Wymersch says authorities only could confirm his death once a bomb squad had finished its work.
Authorities ordered an evacuation of the station and nearby Grand Place, the capital's main square.
Belgium's Crisis Centre, which monitors security threats in the country, says that based on initial information, it doesn't see a need to raise the terror threat in the country to the highest level.
The police spokesperson said: "There was an incident at Central Station".
Another eyewitness, Remy Bonnaffe, told ABC News he heard two loud detonations.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel hailed the "courage" of security forces and said he would chair a security council meeting on Wednesday morning.