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Belgium Says Soldiers Foiled Attempted 'Terrorist Attack' At Busy Train Station


Fire is seen at Brussels Central Station on June 20.

Soldiers have shot a suspect in the heart of Brussels after a small explosion at a busy train station.

A bomb squad performed a controlled explosion of a bomb belt the suspect had at the Central Station late on June 20 and was checking to see if there were more hazards, VTM network reported. Authorities evacuated the station, located near the city's famed Grand Place square.

It appeared no one else was injured besides the suspect and the damage from the explosion was limited. The Brussels prosecutor's office said it appeared to have foiled a "terrorist attack." The suspect was confirmed dead by police.

Nicolas Van Herreweghen, who works for Belgium's national rail company, said the male suspect was very agitated, yelling about jihadists and then "Allahu akbar," Arabic for "God is great," before blowing up something on a baggage trolley.

He said the man appeared to be 30 to 35 years of age.

National newspaper La Libre Belgique reported the suspect was wearing a backpack and an explosive belt. Photos posted on social media showed a small fire in the station.

Brussels police said on Twitter that there was "an incident with an individual at the station. The situation is under control."

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters
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