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Belgian Prosecutors Say Brussels Bomb Suspect Was Moroccan

24 Juin 2017

Police spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt on Wednesday revealed that the assailant was a 36-year-old Moroccan national, adding that "he was not known to the authorities for any terrorism connection". "We have been able to identify him", Jambon told RTBF radio television without giving further details.

Authorities later said that there were no other casualties in the incident.

Prime Minister Michel insisted the country, which has been the most fertile European recruiting ground for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, would not bow to threats that have seen combat troops become a permanent fixture at public spaces in Brussels.

Belgian soldiers patrolling a major train station in Brussels have killed a suspected suicide bomber following an explosion. On Monday, an armed man was killed in Paris after he rammed a auto loaded with weapons and explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Élysées.

While Tuesday's attack was foiled by the forces and no one was injured, in an attack that shook the country past year in March, 32 civilians had lost their lives and many more were injured. He lived in the Brussels area of Molenbeek, which was also home to several of the men involved in the March 2016 double attack in Brussels that claimed 32 victims at the Brussels airport and a subway station.

The man charged soldiers at Brussels Central Station after his suitcase, containing nails and gas canisters, failed to fully explode, Van der Sypt said.

He was shot and later died after the explosion, which is being treated as a terrorist attack.

The nearby Grand Place was also cleared. "There was a movement of panic". An AFP journalist reported that a controlled explosion was heard several hours after the attack.

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Pictures from the scene showed a small fire had broken out inside the station building.

"I was behind a wall when it exploded".

"I saw two policemen coming towards me and telling me in French to "get out, get out and go up the stairs", she told the Daily Record.

Mr Van Herrewegen described the suspect as well-built and tanned with short hair, wearing a white shirt and jeans.

Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square.

Belgium's Crisis Centre, 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.

Michel, the prime minister, hailed the "courage" of security forces.

Belgian Army soldiers patrol inside Central Station in Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Belgian Prosecutors Say Brussels Bomb Suspect Was Moroccan