A would-be suicide bomber attempted to attack La Grande Place in central Brussels Tuesday night, according to multiple international media.
The main square and nearby Central Station were both evacuated within seconds after there were reports of a blast. Central Station is one of three main transportation terminals in the Belgian capital.
Belgian media reported a man wearing an explosive belt was “neutralized” by police.
Crossroads and streets leading to the central area have been sealed off by police and military personnel.
A spokesperson for police told the Reuters news agency: “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.
“At the moment, the police are in numbers at the station and everything is under control.”
A fire was seen at the site where the alleged terrorist, wearing an explosives vest, was shot and killed. A number of media quoted the Belgian newspaper La Libre, which said the terrorist was wearing both a suicide belt and a “rucksack filled with explosives,” which he reportedly detonated, and self-immolated, in order to avoid capture by police.
No one else was killed or injured.
In March 2016, Islamic State (ISIS / Da’esh) terrorists attacked the city’s metro system and international airport, killing 32 people and wounding dozens more.