Most importantly, he was the only one who died……..
Fresh terror in Brussels: Suspected suicide bomber threatening train passengers ‘shouts Allahu Akbar and triggers an explosion’ at city’s central station as he is shot dead by soldiers
- Suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in terrorist attack at Belgium capital’s Central station on Tuesday
- Shots rang out soon after 8pm as police and soldiers moved in ‘to neutralise a suspect threatening civilians’
- His body was left in station for hours as medics feared that explosives strapped to him could go off any point
- Initial reports that man had rucksack with explosives, but witnesses later claimed he tried to blow up a trolley
- The Grand Place, a popular tourist spot, also evacuated because of fears the man might not be acting alone
A suspected suicide bomber who reportedly screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ before triggering an explosion at Brussels Central Station has been gunned down and killed by soldiers.
Shots rang out soon after 8pm on Tuesday as police and soldiers moved in to ‘neutralise’ the man, who was said to be ‘threatening rail passengers’ in what is being treated as a terrorist incident.
The attacker’s body was left lying in the station for several hours as medics could not approach him for fear that the explosives strapped to him could go off any second, official authorities said.
Initial reports suggested the suspect – described as being ‘tanned, well-built and in his 30s’ – was wearing an explosive vest or rucksack, while witnesses later claimed he tried to blow up a trolley or a suitcase.
Terrified passengers inside the station ran towards the tracks as they tried to avoid the blast, while crying tourists outside fled in panic. Within a few minutes the busy nearby shops and restaurants were shut down.
A bomb squad performed a controlled explosion of a bomb belt the suspect had on at the Central Station and evacuated the city’s famed Grand Place square 650 feet away while checking to see if there more hazards.
The suspect was shot by soldiers who were already patrolling the station when they swooped on the attacker. There were no other casualties and police quickly said the situation was ‘under control’.