Brussels bomber was Moroccan: Prosecutor
Forensic experts hold bags as they search the house of the man who set off an explosion at one of Brussels' busiest railway stations in the neighbourhood of Molenbeek in Brussels, on June 21, 2017. Photograph: (AFP)
The suspected bomber shot by soldiers after an explosion in Brussels has been identified as a 36-year-old Moroccan national, the federal prosecutor's office said.
"The assailant has been identified as O.Z., born 20 January 1981 and of Moroccan nationality," spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt said in a press conference on Wednesday , AFP reported.
He added that the man was "not known to the authorities for any terrorism connection".
The suspect's full name has been withheld as the probe continues.
Van Der Sypt also said the bomb the suspect detonated consisted of a suitcase with nails and glass bottles.
The bomber entered the Central Station in the Belgian capital at 8:39 pm (1839 GMT) and approached a "group of passengers" twice. Van Der Sypt added that the second time he stood in the middle of the group.
"He grabbed his suitcase while shouting and causing a partial explosion. Fortunately nobody was hurt," he said.
"The suitcase immediately caught fire. The man then left his luggage burning and went down to the platform in pursuit of a station master.
"Meanwhile the bag exploded a second time more violently. This bag contained nails and gas bottles.
He added that the man then returned to the hall where he “rushed to a soldier shouting 'Allahu Akbar”.