Soldiers Shoot 'Terror Attack' Suspect At Brussels Train Station

Soldiers Shoot 'Terror Attack' Suspect At Brussels Train Station

Soldiers Shoot 'Terror Attack' Suspect At Brussels Train Station

Belgian troops patrolling Brussels Central Station "neutralised" a person after a small explosion on Tuesday, a police spokesman said, adding that there were no other casualties and the situation was under control.

Van der Sypt told reporters that "a small explosion" occurred about 8:30 Brussels Central Station.

DH newspaper quoted a Belgian prosecutor as saying: 'He seems to have set off his device when the soldiers started paying attention to him'.

Eric Van der Sypt said Tuesday that the man sought to explode a bomb on Monday but it failed to fully detonate. Authorities also evacuated the city's main square, the Grand Place, one of the city's most visited tourist sites.

Belgium's Crisis Center, which monitors security threats in the country, says based on initial information it doesn't see a need to raise the terror threat in the country to the highest level. It reopened to travelers Wednesday morning. Images shared on social media showed a fireball at the Central Station in the Belgian capital.

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The Brussels attacks occurred just days after a four-month global manhunt for the lone remaining Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who had returned to Molenbeek from France, just yards from his family home. According to Fox News, Van Herreweghen also said that the man had "visible wires around his waist".

A Belgian official says security will remain high Wednesday at Brussels rail facilities after a man blew up an explosive device at the city's Central Station.

Van Wymersch said the man had been lying still since soldiers shot him Tuesday night and says medics couldn't attend to him for several hours out of fear he could be carrying explosives. "It was kind of reassuring to see it", he said, adding that he had contacted anxious members of his family to reassure them he was all right.

The man was shot by soldiers inside the station and no-one else is believed to have been injured.

Last March, 22 people were killed after suicide bombers attacked Maelbeek metro station and Zaventem Airport, in attacks claimed by Islamic State.

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Although no one was hurt, billows of smoke pouring through Central Station and memories of Islamic State attacks in the city a year ago, and more recently in Britain, France and elsewhere, sent evening commuters racing for cover.

Remy Bonnaffe, a 23-year-old lawyer who was waiting on the concourse for a train home to Ghent, said he was startled by an explosion as he listened to music on his headphones.

"Attacker identified but for the moment no further details because the investigation (is) ongoing", Peter DeWaele, a Belgian federal police spokesperson, said.

Prime Minister Charles Michel is to hold a meeting with his top security advisers shortly, with a press conference expected afterwards.

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