Brussels: Central Station attacker was Moroccan national, say authorities

Brussels: Central Station attacker was Moroccan national, say authorities

The incident took place in the main train station on Tuesday night

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Belgian authorities have said the man who detonated a small explosive device in Brussels Central Station on Tuesday evening was a Moroccan national.

The suspected suicide bomber was shot dead after he reportedly shouted "allahu akhbar" and set off his explosive in the city's train station. 

Social media images of the incident showed a pillar of flames in the centre of the station, believed to be the man. 

There were no injuries, and the only casualty was the would-be attacker. However the authorities in Brussels are treating this as a terrorist incident. 

CBS News is reporting the Moroccan man was shot after he charged at the authorities following the failure of his bag - which reportedly contained nails - to completely explode. 

The attacker was not believed to have been known to the authorities. His home was raided in the aftermath of the incident, and evidence has been collected. 

Twenty two people were killed in bombing attacks on the Belgian capital in March of 2016, which Islamic State claimed credit for.