The man who was shot dead at a Brussels train station Tuesday after attempting to explode a suitcase of nails and gas canisters was not known to authorities as a terror suspect, a Belgian prosecutor said today.
The would-be attacker — identified by the initials “O.Z.” — was of Moroccan origin, Brussels federal prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said at a news conference this morning. He said the 36-year-old man was not known to be involved in any terror activities, but the prosecutor did not comment on whether he had a criminal record.
The suspect entered Brussels Central Station in the Belgian capital at 8:39 p.m. local time holding a suitcase, Van der Sypt said. Five minutes later, his suitcase caught fire after a small explosion erupted. No one was injured.
The suspect then ran down a flight of stairs toward a train station employee and a soldier, Van der Sypt said. His suitcase exploded again.
As the suspect screamed “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic, a soldier shot the man several times, killing him.