Suspect shot after explosion at Brussels train station
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 7:46
Belgian soldiers have "neutralized" a person wearing reportedly an explosive belt at Brussels Central Station.
Police have confirmed that nobody else was injured.
Police say the situation is under control.
In this image taken from video, police cars create a cordon near the train station in central Brussels, Tuesday June 20, 2017.
Prime Minister Charles Michel is monitoring the situation closely, his office said, and Antwerp Mayor Bart De Wever praised the "decisive action" by soldiers patrolling city streets.
Het Laatste Nieuws tabloid newspaper quoted what it said were witnesses saying a man shouted "Allahu Akbar" in Arabic before a small explosion. The wounded person's condition and identity were not immediately known.
There has been an increased military presence in Brussels amid growing anxiety around terrorist attacks in the past two years. "Then he cried 'Allahu Akbar, ' and he blew up a trolley", Nicolas Van Herrewegen, a railway sorting agent, told reporters.
"I was behind a wall when it exploded". The explosion was on the mezzanine level. There was a second blast farther away, which he could not see, followed by what sounded like gunfire, prompting him to run.
Van Herrewegen added: "It wasn't exactly a big explosion but the impact was pretty big".
Arash Aazami was walking into the train station when he saw people running out of the building.
He described the man as quite dark and with short hair and said he was wearing a white shirt and black jeans.
Central Station was evacuated and closed along with two other stations in the Belgian capital.
"Looked around, saw people running in the streets, trying to seek refuge and made a decision to do the same ourselves".
In addition to the train station, the Grand Place, a major tourist site, was evacuated.
Soldiers shot the suspect, and a bomb squad detonated a found bomb belt.
The Belgian capital has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed more than 30 people at the city's airport and a subway station in March 2016. Those bombings killed 32 people.
The incident comes as Europe is on high alert following several terrorist days after a foiled attack on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Monday and several attacks in recent weeks in Britain.