Developing: A terrorist attack occurred at the Central Station in Brussels which is now under control. Police shot and wounded the terror suspect who was wearing an explosive belt and shouted “Allahu Akbar,” according to HLN News.
According to eyewitness Nicolas Vanherreweghe, the terrorist shouted ‘Allah Akbar’, and then set off the explosive.
“There was an accident at Central Station. There was an explosion around a person. That person was neutralised by the soldiers that were on the scene,” a police spokesman said.
“At the moment, the police are in numbers at the station and everything is under control.”
The Terror Events monitoring website said that multiple witnesses and sources claimed that the perpetrator shouted “Allahu Akhbar”.
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It was reported that the incident was the first combat action by Belgian troops on Belgian soil since 1940.
The Belgian capital has been on high alert for more than 18 months since Brussels-based Islamic State militants carried out attacks in Paris that killed 130 people there in November 2015 and later bombed Brussels airport and the city’s metro in March last year.
Local reports stated the suspect had been wearing an explosives belt.
Pictures shared on social media showed what appeared to be a small explosion inside the station.
Passengers fled in panic as it became apparent an attempted attack was underway.
Trains into the station, which is one of the busiest in Belgium serving the northern and southern suburbs of Brussels, were stopped as police and army deployed in large numbers.
Within 30 minutes of the blast police issued a statement on Twitter to reassure panicking residents.
Het Laatste nieuws, the most read daily paper in Belgium reported that everyone had been asked to leave the station and that a “massive police and military presence” was in place.
It cited informed sources saying a man lying on the ground with wires coming out of his clothes.
It was unclear whether the suspect was killed in the operation and there were no other casualties reported. Local reports said the man had been “seriously injured”.
No injuries are reported at this time.
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