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Report: Explosion at Brussels train station, one suspect allegedly wearing ‘explosive belt’ was shot

Brussels Central Station (Twitter)
June 20, 2017

Following reports of a blast, a suspect who was allegedly wearing an “explosive belt” has been shot at the Brussels Central metro station, according to reports.


A senior Belgian law enforcement official told the Daily Mail that “one suspect has been shot by the military,” and there are no other casualties.

The metro station and La Grande Place square were evacuated after reports of what sounded to be an explosion.

A suspect shouted out “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) before causing the blast, a witness said, AFP news agency reported.

“I went down to the mezzanine level, someone was shouting. Then he cried ‘Allahu Akbar’, and he blew up a trolley,” Nicolas Van Herrewegen, a railway sorting agent, told reporters.

“I was behind a wall when it exploded. I went down and alerted my colleagues to evacuate everyone. He (the suspect) was still around but after that we didn’t see him.”

“I saw that he had something on him because I could see wires emerging, so it may have been a suicide vest,” Van Herrewegen said.


Local police have since tweeted that the situation is under control, but to follow the instructions of police.

Roughly translated, it said: “Incident with an individual at the station [Brussels Central]. Situation under control but please follow the instructions”

Belgium’s national crisis center said the suspect had been “neutralized.”