Terror attack at Brussels station
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 12:18
Prosecutor's spokeswoman Ine Van Wymersch confirmed the man's death and said no other explosives were found on his body.
"There was a man shouting, and shouting and shouting", he said.
The incident in Brussels comes a day after a man mowed down Muslims near a mosque in London, and a radical Islamist on a terror watch-list rammed a auto laden with weapons and gas into a police vehicle in Paris.
As Prime Minister Charles Michel consulted with his security advisers, the national alert level was maintained at its second-highest level.
Several media outlets reported unnamed sources as saying the device that failed to fully explode was filled with nails and was similar to the bombs used in the attacks at Brussels airport and on the city's metro that killed 32 people in March 2016.
The city has been on high alert for more than 18 months since Brussels-based ISIS militants carried out attacks in Paris that killed 130 people there in November 2015 and later bombed Brussels airport and the city's Metro in March past year.
There have been no reports of civilian injuries, and police said the situation is under control.
Combat troops have been a fixture at transport hubs and in the main public areas ever since the Paris attacks.
"This is considered as a terrorist attack", federal prosecutor's office spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt told a news conference outside Brussels Gare Centrale station.
The station was evacuated shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday and all trains were halted as passengers fled onto the rails amid the sound of a detonation and gunshots, according to railway company SNCB. My colleague thought it was a bomb. The man went down to platforms 3 and 4.
In addition to the train station, the Grand Place, a major tourist site, was evacuated.
"I would put him at about 35 years old".
It was not clear if the suspect survived, though some sources say the man died from his wounds. We can not confirm if the man is still alive or dead.
The episode followed on the heels of a series of terrorist attacks that have roiled cities in Western Europe in recent weeks.