Jun 21, 2017

Man ‘wearing explosive belt’ shot by police at Brussels Central station

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Belgian troops patrolling a major train station in Brussels have shot and killed a suspected terrorist following an explosion.

Belgium’s federal prosecutor has confirmed the incident at Brussels Central, one of the country’s busiest stations, is being treated as a terrorist attack.

The suspect was initially reported to have been wearing an explosive belt and had wires coming out of his clothes, according to some media, although police say they are unable to comment on the reports.

The unidentified suspect, thought to be in his 30s, remained in the station for some time, but has now been confirmed dead.

No civilians were injured or killed in the explosion.

Nicolas Van Herrewegen, an employee at Brussels Central, told reporters the suspect had cried “allahu akbar” and detonated something on a luggage trolley.

Prosecutors said no other explosives were found on the suspect’s body.

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

A spokesman for Belgium’s railway operator said a crowd in the station panicked and “ran for the tracks” following the incident.

Brussels Central was evacuated and searched, with rail services from the station suspended. Grand Place, a major tourist site which lies about 200m (656ft) away, was also evacuated.

Train services at two other stations in the capital, Brussels North and Brussels South, were also disrupted.

Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people on the Brussels subway and at an airport on 22 March 2016.

Soldiers have been stationed at railway stations, government buildings and EU institutions since.

The country’s Crisis Centre, which monitors security threats, kept the threat level at the second-highest level.

People in the area were pushed away from the scene, and police on Twitter urged the public to follow instructions given by the authorities.

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel was “following the situation very closely from the crisis centre,” according to his spokesman Frederic Cauderlier.

Source: Sky News

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