The terrorist attack on Brussels Central Station claimed only the life of the suspect who was identified by the police as a suicide bomber.
The Brussels Central Station was busy with tourist and locals at about 9 p.m. Tuesday evening, local time. According to an eyewitness report to Het Laatste Nieuws, a man shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) then there was an explosion.
Other reports said that the suspect had a suitcase containing nails and gas canisters which he was carrying when he started shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
An employee at Brussels Central Station said that the suspect blew up a trolley with his suitcase as well before he was finally identified and shot to death by soldiers who came to intervene.
The incident happened at just about rush hour, and while hundreds of people were at the station, there were no casualties as passengers were successfully evacuated.
Who Was The Suspect?
The bomber was later described by officials as a 36-year-old Moroccan named Oussama Zariouh, a serial sex offender from Brussel’s terrorist hotbed of Molenbeek, but not linked to any previous acts of terrorism.
The federal prosecutor’s office spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt told a news conference that Brussels has been at alert since the suicide bombing in March 2016 which killed 32 people and left hundreds injured.
Brussels recorded another terrorist attack in August when a machete-wielding man shouting “Allahu akbar” attacked two policewomen in Charleroi, but was shot dead.
The Prime Minister of Belgian Charles Michel applauded the bravery of the security forces and decided to chair The National Security Council meeting on Wednesday morning to address the issue.
In March 2016 after the bombing in Brussels that killed 32 people Trump told Today’s Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer if he were president, he’d react to the Brussels attacks by being:
“…Very, very tough on the borders.”
Now that Trump is president, there is another attack on Brussels and he is yet to respond. We are watching to see what Trump will do now that he is President.
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