Explosion at Brussels train station considered terrorist attack: Belgian federal prosecutor

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images(BRUSSELS) — An explosion at a train station in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday that prompted the station to be evacuated but left no victims injured, is considered a terrorist attack, according to the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office.

One suspect was shot by the military after the explosion at Brussels Central Station, a senior Belgian law enforcement official told ABC News. Belgian Federal Prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said it is unclear if the suspect is dead or alive.

No one else was injured, he added.

Police said the situation is “under control.”


Van Der Sypt said the identity of the suspect is not known.

Belgian officials told ABC News that authorities are investigating whether the suspect had an explosive device or devices, potentially a suicide vest or a bag or suitcase.

One eyewitness told Belgian TV that he heard screaming and saw flames.

Eyewitness Arash Aazami told ABC News he heard two explosions and gunfire. He was sheltering inside a restaurant as he told ABC News there was a heavy presence of military, ambulances and police.

The nature of the device was not immediately clear but the bomb squad was called in for fear of additional explosives in the area.

Another eyewitness, Remy Bonnaffe, told ABC News he heard two loud detonations.

A third eyewitness said he had been evacuated from the station, but that the situation now seems under control and police were allowing people to walk freely in the street again.

Service was stopped at all three of Brussels’ main train stations, officials said.

Belgium’s Threat Assessment Coordination Body said the threat level remains at 3 and there is no indication of other incidents, the Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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