Explosion at Grand Place of Brussels, Central Station evacuated

Explosion reported at Grand Place of Brussels, Central Station is evacuated, reported People’s Daily on Tuesday. 

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Belgian police have shot a suspect a small explosion detonated in Brussels’ main railway station. The Belgian prosecutor’s office have described the incident as a “terrorist attack.”

Belgian troops on patrol at the central station in Brussels shot a suspect following a small explosion, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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“There was an accident at Central Station. There was an explosion around a person. That person was neutralized by the soldiers that were on the scene,” the police spokesman said.

Authorities are treating the incident as a “terrorist attack,” said Erik Van Der Sypt, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office.

The attack took place around 9 pm local time (19UTC) when the historic city center was packed with tourists and locals. Police evacuated the station, Gare Centrale, as well as the nearby Grand Place. Belgian media reported that a number of other public places in the Belgian capital had also been cleared.

Suspect in Brussels train station blast shouted “Allahu Akbar,” according to a witness, told AFP news agency.

The train station has been evacuated and the situation is “under control,” a senior law enforcement official told ABC News.

There are no immediate reports of fatalities, the official added.

The bomb squad was dispatched in for fear of additional explosives in the area, ABC reported.

A man at Brussels central station set off a small detonation, local media report.

Police ‘neutralized’ person wearing explosive belt at Brussels Central Station, told Reuters.

Police said that the situation is under control after the assailant was shot and travelers were evacuated. ​

It’s not clear whether there were any casualties or fatalities as a result of the blast.

Belgium has been under heightened state of alert due to threats by ISIS, though it was not immediately clear who was responsible for Tuesday’s incident.

In March 2016, three suicide bombings rocked the country – two at Brussels Airport and one at the Maalbeek train station in central Brussels.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, which left 32 civilians killed and more than 300 injured.