Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

The man who was shot dead at a Brussels train station Tuesday after attempting to explode a suitcase of nails and gas canisters was unknown to authorities as a terror suspect, a Belgian prosecutor said today.

The would-be attacker — identified by the initials “O.Z.” — was a 36-year-old of Moroccan origin, Brussels federal prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said at a news conference this morning. He said the man was not known to authorities to be involved in any terror activities, but the prosecutor did not comment on whether he had a criminal record.

Van der Sypt said the man’s home in the Molenbeek district of Brussels had been searched after the attack.

The man entered Brussels Central Station at 8:39 p.m. local time holding a suitcase and headed toward a group of people, Van der Sypt said. Five minutes later, his suitcase caught fire after a small explosion ignited in which no one was injured.

The attacker then ran down a flight of stairs toward a station employee and a soldier, Van der Sypt said. His suitcase exploded again.

As the attacker screamed “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great,” in Arabic, a soldier shot the suspect several times, killing him. (GMA)

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Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Police and forensic officers remove items during a house search in the Molenbeek district of Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Francois Walschaerts/AP)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Police investigators and members of the DOVO (bomb clearing squad) work inside Central Station in Brussels after a reported explosion on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

A woman checks her cellphone as she stands by a damaged signboard inside Central Station in Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Belgian authorities said they foiled a “terror attack” when soldiers shot a suspect in the heart of Brussels after a small explosion at a busy train station Tuesday on a night that continued a week of attacks in the capitals of Europe. (Virginia Mayo/AP)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Police and forensic officers work during a house search in the Molenbeek district of Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Belgian authorities said they foiled a “terror attack” when soldiers shot a suspect in the heart of Brussels after a small explosion at a busy train station Tuesday on a night that continued a week of attacks in the capitals of Europe. (Francois Walschaerts/AP)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Police patrol outside Central Station in Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Belgian authorities said they foiled a “terror attack” when soldiers shot a suspect in the heart of Brussels after a small explosion at a busy train station Tuesday on a night that continued a week of extremist attacks in the capitals of Europe. (Virginia Mayo/AP)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Belgian Army soldiers patrol inside Central Station in Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Virginia Mayo/AP)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Police patrol the street near Central Station in Brussels after a reported explosion on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (Wijngaert/AP)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

A cordon surrounds the area, with burn marks seen on the floor, where a device exploded inside Central Station in Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Virginia Mayo/AP)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station blast

Belgian Army soldiers patrol outside Central Station after a reported explosion in Brussels on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Belgian police evacuate people near the Grand Place near Central Station in Brussels after a reported explosion on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

A Belgian Army soldier stands outside Central Station after a reported explosion in Brussels on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Belgian Army soldiers and police patrol outside Central Station after a reported explosion in Brussels on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

A Belgian Army soldier stands outside Central Station after a reported explosion in Brussels on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station blast

In this image taken from video, police cars block a road near the train station in central Brussels, Tuesday June 20, 2017. Belgian media report that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station; the main square evacuated. (AP Photo)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Belgian Army soldiers patrol outside Central Station after a reported explosion in Brussels on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

A police officer walks outside Central Station after a reported explosion in Brussels on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Belgian Army soldiers and police patrol outside Central Station after a reported explosion in Brussels on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Belgian Army soldiers approaches a man outside Central Station after a reported explosion in Brussels on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station explosion

Belgian police stand in front of a police cordon as people are evacuated at the Grand Place square near Central Station in Brussels after a reported explosion on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Troops shoot man after Brussels station blast

In this image taken from video, police cars create a cordon near the train station in central Brussels, Tuesday June 20, 2017. Belgian media report that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station; the main square evacuated. (AP Photo)

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