Brussels, Belgium has been the scene of terrorism before and again today with an explosion that rocked Brussels Central station. A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up sending terrified passengers fleeing in panic.
Thank goodness Belgian troops patrolling the station swooped in to “neutralize” the man, who was threatening civilians, according to an investigating source.
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The suspect was said to be wearing a rucksack packed with explosives around Belgium’s busiest railway station.
The attacker was “shot several times” and it appears that “he triggered a device”, according to a source.
Police sources said the attacker was seriously injured in the blast, and subsequently died from his wounds.
A source said: “Efforts were made to save him, but he is dead,” and added that “the situation is now under control.”
Witnesses told the AFP news agency, the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” before detonating his device.
Nicolas Van Herrewegen, a railway sorting agent, told reported: “I went down to the mezzanine level, someone was shouting.
“Then he cried ‘Allahu Akbar’, and he blew up a trolley.”
Arnaud Reyman, spokesman for Infrabel, the Belgian railway operator, said: “A crowd panicked in the station and ran for the tracks after an incident.”
Broadcaster RTL quoted Fires Services spokesman Pierre Meys confirming that some kind of an explosion had happened in the city’s Central station on Tuesday.
Meys could not say what had caused the blast but could only confirm that firefighters were at the scene.