Terror alert: Brussels railway station reopens after terror blast

Police investigators and members of the DOVO (bomb clearing squad) work inside Central Station in Brussels after a reported explosion on Tuesday. Picture: (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Police investigators and members of the DOVO (bomb clearing squad) work inside Central Station in Brussels after a reported explosion on Tuesday. Picture: (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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Security remains high across Brussels after a man blew up an explosive device at the city's Central Station.

The man was shot by Belgian soldiers after detonating the small device in the terror attack on Tuesday evening, and he later died. No-one else was hurt.

Central Station is reopening to passengers on Wednesday morning, with a heavy police presence.

Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said while it is important to address security concerns, it is also vital to avoid over-reacting.

He warned "against a society where we always and everywhere will be checked".

He added: "If we do that, it would be fulfilling the aim of the terrorists."

Prosecutor's spokeswoman Ine Van Wymersch confirmed the man's death and said no other explosives were found on his body. Some Belgian media had reported earlier that the suspect was wearing a bomb belt.

Belgium's Crisis Centre, which monitors security threats in the country, said it did not see a need to raise the country's terror threat and kept it at the second-highest mark.

Federal prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said damage from the explosion, which occurred well after the evening rush-hour at around 8.30pm, was limited.

Nicolas Van Herreweghen, who works for Belgium's national rail company, said the male suspect was very agitated, yelling about jihadists and then "Allahu akbar" - Arabic for "God is great" - before blowing up something on a baggage trolley.

He said the man appeared to be aged 30 to 35.

Central Station is one of the busiest in the nation and soldiers could be seen patrolling there after the explosion. It was evacuated amid the incident along with the Belgian capital's Grand Place, a major tourist site about 600ft away.

Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people on the Brussels subway and at an airport in March last year. Extra police and soldiers have become a common sight in crowded areas.

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