Brussels train station evacuated after explosion, man wearing 'explosive belt' shot by police

 foxnews.com  6/20/2017 9:05:00 PM  2  Published June

DEVELOPING: The central train station in the Belgian capital of Brussels was evacuated Tuesday after an explosion was reported and police shot a suspect wearing an explosive belt who shouted "Allahu Akbar," according to local media reports.

A spokeswoman for the city's prosecutor's office, Ine Van Wymersch, told VRT network no one else was injured and the damage was limited. It was not clear if the suspect survived.

National newspaper La Libre Belgique quoted the Brussels prosecutor's office as saying the suspect was wearing a backpack and an explosive belt.

Witnesses to the incident said the man shouted "Allahu Akbar," but authorities have not yet confirmed the reports, according to VTM News.

Brussels police said via Twitter that there was "an incident with an individual at the station. The situation is under control."

Security officials will gather late Tuesday to determine whether the incident was terrorism or not, according to local media.

A witness to the incident, Rémy Bonnaffé, told Fox News he heard two loud bangs like an explosion at the station.

Bonnaffé said he first heard two loud bangs like an explosion, with the first bang taking place while everyone was still at the boarding platform. When the second bang took place, everyone then hid, according to Bonnaffé.

Bonnaffé told Fox News he then ran across the street to the Hilton and heard two noises that sounded like gun shots.

Bonnaffé took a photo which shows an object on fire, which he thought was a suitcase that could have been the thing that exploded.

The Belgian capital's Grand Place, a major tourist site, was evacuated along with the station about 200 meters away, but officials stressed it was only for security reasons.

There are currently no trains or public transport for security reasons, according to the prosecutor's office.

Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people on the Brussels subway and at an airport on March 22, 2016.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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