Brus­sels bomber was a Moroc­can national

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BRUS­SELS: The man shot dead at Brus­sels Cen­tral Sta­tion on Tues­day af­ter an abortive det­o­na­tion of a nail bomb in a bag was a Moroc­can national aged 36 who had no history of be­ing a ter­ror­ist sus­pect, a prose­cu­tor said yes­ter­day.

Eric van der Sypt said the man’s ini­tials were OZ and that his home in Brus­sels’ Molen­beek district had been searched. He said the man had not been wear­ing a sui­cide belt. He shouted “Al­lahu ak­bar” – God is great­est, in Ara­bic – be­fore be­ing shot dead by sol­diers on pa­trol.

The prose­cu­tor’s of­fice said the man en­tered the Brus­sels Cen­tral Sta­tion at 8.39pm on Tues­day and joined a group of pas­sen­gers in the un­der­ground part of the sta­tion. At 8.44pm he grabbed his suit­case and, shout­ing, set off a par­tial ex­plo­sion which hurt no one but the suit­case caught fire.

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