Authorities in Brussels shot one suspect after a small explosion in the city’s train station prompted it and the city’s main square to be evacuated Tuesday evening, the city prosecutor’s office said.
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Police in Belgium have raided the home of the attack suspect who was killed at the Brussels Central Station and took bags full of evidence with them.
The raid was held in Molenbeek hours after the police had full details about the man who sought to explode a nail bomb in the station, but caused only two minor blasts. Soldiers killed the man after he charged at them shouting “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”
The man was from the Molenbeek neighborhood, the home and transit point for many of the suspects linked to attacks in Brussels and in Paris in November 2015.
A federal magistrate in Belgium says that the suspect who was shot and killed by soldiers at the Brussels central station had Moroccan nationality and wasn’t known to authorities for terror activities.
Eric Van der Sypt said Tuesday that the man sought to explode a bomb on Monday but it failed to fully detonate. He said that “it was clear he wanted to cause much more damage than what happened. The bag exploded twice but it could have been a lot worse.”
Van der Sypt said the attack suspect’s bag at Brussels station contained gas canisters and nails. He said that the attacker then charged at soldiers while shouting “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.” The soldiers fatally shot the attacker.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says that the shooting of a suspect at the Brussels…