Brussels station attacker was Moroccan, ‘known to police’

Brussels Central Station was evacuated and closed Tuesday evening in the wake of the failed bombing, along with two other stations in the Belgian capital.In a statement, the prosecutor’s office said the man entered the Brussels Central Station at 8:39 pm on Tuesday and joined a group of passengers in the underground part of the station. “We have been able to identify him”, Jambon told RTBF radio and television without giving further details.Answering the journalists’ questions, the spokesman said that the perpetrator “wanted to cause significantly more damage”.Soldiers have shot a man in the centre of Brussels after a small explosion at a busy train station continued a week of extremist attacks in the capitals of Europe.Soon after, authorities confirmed that a man, believed to be in his 30s, was in their soldiers immediately after the explosion there on Tuesday night.The man who attempted to detonate an explosive belt, has been identified as a Moroccan national in his 30s, CNN quoted Belgium Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt, as saying.He compared Tuesday’s incident to that on Paris’ Champs-Elysees avenue a day earlier, when a man was killed when he rammed his vehicle, filled with explosive and weapons, into a French police convoy.The country’s terror level remains at three, signifying a serious and likely threat.Social media images showed a fireball in a almost empty underground hall.An employee at the station said he stood next to the suspect, who he described as in his 30s, and having uttered the words “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest).Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square.Soldiers stormed the central train station in the city after a suspected suicide bomber set fire to a device and a small explosion occurred.”It wasn’t exactly a big explosion but the impact was pretty big”.Belgian press reported that the terrorist comes from Molenbeek, one of Brussels 19 municipallities known for years to be a hotbed for Islamist radicalism.He said the man was from the Molenbeek neighborhood, the home and transit point for numerous suspects linked to the March 2016 terror attacks in Brussels and Paris’s in November 2015. Then people started to run away.Soldiers have been deployed at railway stations and landmark buildings since the Paris terror attacks, when a link to Brussels was first established. In the last attack, Brussels airport and a metro station were attacked.