Slain Brus­sels at­tacker was Bel­gian cit­i­zen

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - London Alert -

A TER­ROR sus­pect shot dead by sol­diers in Brus­sels was a for­mer So­ma­lian asy­lum seeker granted Bel­gian cit­i­zen­ship two years ago, au­thor­i­ties have re­vealed.

The man shouted “Al­lahu Ak­bar” as he stabbed the sol­diers in Fri­day’s at­tack, one of whom shot him twice.

The as­sailant died shortly af­ter­wards in hospi­tal.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said the man, aged 30 and of So­mali ori­gin, had come to Belgium in 2004. He was granted asy­lum in 2009 and gained Bel­gian cit­i­zen­ship in 2015.

Mean­while tens of thou­sands of peo­ple – in­clud­ing Spain’s King Felipe VI – last night marched through Barcelona to show their de­fi­ance against ter­ror­ism.

Fif­teen peo­ple were killed on Au­gust 17 when a van ploughed into crowds on the city’s Las Ram­blas, and a car mowed down pedes­tri­ans in the nearby sea­side town of Cam­brils.

■ Po­lice at the scene in Brus­sels.

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