BRUSSELS TRAIN STATION SUICIDE BOMBER SHOUTING ‘ALLAHU AKBAR’ SHOT DEAD BY SOLDIERS

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Brussels central station suicide bomber shot down

 

suspected suicide bomber who allegedly shouted ‘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 considered as a terrorist incident.

The attacker was not confirmed dead for several hours after being shot as medics could not approach him for fear that the explosives strapped to him could go off, 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 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 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’.

 

Read more: Fresh terror in Brussels: Suspected suicide bomber ‘shouts Allahu Akhbar and triggers an explosion’ at city’s central station as he is shot dead by soldiers before he can get close to passengers

 

One witness claimed he was 'lucky to be alive' after something that sounded like a 'bomb' reportedly went off just 30 metres away from him.

 

 

A suspected suicide bomber who allegedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar' before triggering an explosion at Brussels Central Station has been gunned down by soldiers. Pictured the explosion in the station

 

 

Tourists fled in panic as shots rang out soon after 9pm as police and soldiers moved in ‘to neutralise a suspect who was threatening civilians'

 

 

Initial reports suggested the suspect was wearing a rucksack packed with explosives, while witnesses later claimed he tried to blow up a trolley or a suitcase. Pictured, two police men stand guard at the Grand Place square

 

 

Belgian Army soldiers patrol outside Central Station after the explosion in the busy station in the Belgian capital

 

 

 

Panicked members of the public were rushed away from the scene of the blast on Tuesday night 

 

 

 

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