Belgium: The man who attempted to detonate a nail bomb at a Brussels train station and shouted “Allahu akbar” on Tuesday has been identified by Belgian authorities as a 36-year-old Moroccan national
Eric Van der Sypt, Belgium’s federal magistrate, said the suspect, identified by his initials O.Z., was not known to investigators for being involved in terror activities but police were aware of him, the New York Times reported
The suspect charged soldiers at Brussels Central Station on Tuesday after his suitcase, containing nails and gas canisters, failed to fully explode, Van der Sypt said.
The alleged attacker then shouted “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” before soldiers shot him dead, the magistrate said. Nobody else was injured in the incident which is being treated as a terror attack.
“It was clear he wanted to cause much more damage than what happened,” Van der Sypt said. “The bag exploded twice but it could have been a lot worse.”
Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people at the Brussels airport and a subway station on March 22, 2016. The country increased security measures around the country following Tuesday’s incident.