A suspected suicide bomber who allegedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and triggered an explosive vest at Brussels Central Station has been gunned down and killed by soldiers.
Shots rang out soon after 9pm as police and soldiers moved in ‘to neutralise a suspect who was threatening civilians,’ said an investigating source.
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.
Tourists were among those who fled in panic, and within a few minutes nearby shops and restaurants were shutting down.
Terrified passengers inside the station ran towards the tracks as they tried to avoid the blast. There were no other casualties reported and police quickly said the situation was ‘under control’.
The Grand Place, the city’s most popular tourist spot, was completely evacuated because of fears that the man might not be acting alone.