Explosive noises heard at Brussels train station

Frederick Owens
June 21, 2017

A suspect was fatally shot at Brussels Central Station Tuesday after a failed bombing that Belgian authorities are calling a terrorist attack.

The man was shot by soldiers inside the station on Tuesday night.

A public prosecutor, quoted by DH newspaper, said, "An individual carrying a rucksack and an explosive belt in Central Station has been shot dead".

Prosecutor's spokeswoman Ine Van Wymersch confirmed his death early Wednesday and said no other explosives were found on his body.

Soldiers and a bomb disposal unit have been pictured outside the station which has been evacuated, along with the main square La Grande Place.

Pictures from the scene showed a fire had broken out inside the station building.

The Islamic State group claimed the attacks, which were carried out by the same jihadist cell behind the November 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people.

According to Fox News, Van Herreweghen also said that the man had "visible wires around his waist".

On 22 March of a year ago, three suicide bombers mounted twin attacks on the city's Zaventem airport and Maelbeek underground station.

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"It's one of three train stations in Brussels, in the capital, which is really in the heart of the city", Buggenhout said.

Belgian federal prosecutors said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack.

A suspect shouted out "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) before causing the blast, a witness said. That person was neutralized by the soldiers that were on the scene.

"There was a man shouting, and shouting and shouting", he said. It was evacuated along with the Belgian capital's Grand Place, a major tourist site about 200 metres (656 feet) away.

They asked the public to follow police instructions.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel thanked security services and Belgian Rail for their courage and professionalism, which helped contain the situation within an hour.

Twitter user Rémy Bonnaffé shared a picture, purportedly taken inside the station, at the time of the reported explosions.

The Belgian capital, home to the headquarters of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union, has been on high alert since a Brussels-based Islamic State cell organized the attack that killed 130 people in Paris in November 2015, after which attacks in France, in Germany, Sweden and Britain have taken place.

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