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Terror Suspect Shot Dead at Brussels Central Railway Station
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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.
Officers believe the man was wearing an explosive belt.
Police quickly announced they had the situation under control.
"This is considered as a terrorist attack," said the federal prosecutor's office spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt. "The suspect has been neutralized by the military that were present at the scene immediately after the explosion," he said. "He is dead."
Van Der Sypt said the prosecutor's office still had "no idea" of the suspect's identity.
There were no other casualties in the incident.
According to the Belgian newspaper La Libre, the man detonated a device after he attracted the attention of soldiers who were patrolling the station.
After the incident, which took place at about 8.30pm on Tuesday, the station and the nearby historic downtown area, including the Grand Place, were partly evacuated as police set up a security cordon.
The Belgian government's crisis center said bomb disposal experts had been sent to the scene and a controlled explosion was possible.
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, the Brussels police confirmed that only one person had been involved.
A police spokesman told Reuters: "There was an incident at Central station. There was an explosion around a person. That person was neutralized by the soldiers that were on the scene. At the moment, the police are in numbers at the station and everything is under control."
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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