Brussels attacker was carrying nail bomb that failed to detonate properly

A suspected terrorist was shot dead by soldiers in one of Brussels’ main railway stations on Tuesday night after what police described as a small explosion.Van der Sypt said the man was from the Molenbeek neighborhood, the home and transit point for numerous suspects linked to attacks in Brussels and in Paris in November 2015.According to cops, Belgian soldiers shot dead the suspected bomber – who is believed to be a 34-year-old Moroccan from Molenbeek. “It’s clear that he wanted certainly to cause more damage than he did”, he said. He said the man was from the Molenbeek neighborhood, the home and transit point for numerous suspects linked to attacks in Brussels and in Paris in November 2015.Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said a “terrorist attack had been averted” after the man approached a group of people at the station and tried to blow up his suitcase.Security experts said Tuesday’s incident could have been similar to “lone-wolf” assaults carried out by radicalised individuals with limited access to weapons and training.Brussels has been on high alert since a group of suicide bombers carried out attacks at the Brussels airport and a subway station in March previous year, killing 32 people.Several media outlets reported unnamed sources as saying the device that failed to fully explode was filled with nails and was similar to the bombs used in the attacks at Brussels airport and on the city’s metro that killed 32 people in March 2016.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.Update 8.07am: Central Station in Brussels is reopening to passengers this morning, with a heavy police presence, after last night’s terror attack.Belgian soldiers patrolling a major train station in Brussels have killed a suspected suicide bomber following an explosion.Armed cops scrambled to Brussels Central Station yesterday evening after reports of a blast. No-one else was hurt. A police command auto and several officers were still at the station, an Associated Press photographer said.People in the area are being pushed away from the scene, and police on Twitter have urged the public to follow instructions given by the authorities.Belgium is now at its second highest level of security alert.Michel, who convened a National Security Council meeting for early on Wednesday, tweeted his thanks to the security forces and railway staff for their professionalism and courage.Belgian Army soldiers patrol inside Central Station in Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.