Man shot dead after attacking soldiers in Brussels

The man was reportedly armed with a knife

Man shot dead after attacking soldiers in Brussels

File photo of police near the Grand Place in Brussels. Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert / AP/Press Association Images

Updated: 22.00

A man has been shot dead in the centre of Brussels after attacking soldiers with a knife.

The soldiers opened fire on the man and the suspect was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but later died, prosecutors said.

RTBF reported the suspect was a Somali man who is alleged to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" - God is greater - before the attack.

A spokeswoman for the prosecution service said: "With the identity that we currently have it is a 30-year-old man who is not known for terrorist activities."

It added that the soldiers suffered slight injuries, one to the hand and the other to the face. The incident is being treated as terror-related.

The Brussels Crisis Centre confirmed an incident, tweeting: "The military have neutralized an individual. Situation under control."


Images showed police have sealed off a main street near the main Grand Place tourist attraction.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted that "all our support is with our soldiers. Our security services remain on alert. We are following the situation closely".


Witness Freddie Martin said the suspect was resuscitated at the scene before being put into an ambulance.

Brussels is on a heightened security threat level following attacks in Paris and the Belgian capital in 2015 and 2016.

Suicide bombers killed 32 people in attacks on the city's main airport and subway system on March 22nd, 2016.