Published time: 21 Jun, 2017 09:20 Edited time: 21 Jun, 2017 09:32
A bag belonging to the foiled Brussels attacker contained gas canisters and nails, according to a Belgian prosecutor. The suspect, who was shot dead, turned out to be a 36-year-old Moroccan national with no previous record of being a terrorist suspect.
The man was identified as O.Z., and his home in the Molenbeek area was searched, Prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt told journalists at a news conference.
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The suspect was not wearing a suicide belt, but was heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ before being shot dead by soldiers, the prosecutor said.
“It was clear he wanted to cause much more damage than what happened,” Van der Sypt said, adding that the explosives went off twice, “but it could have been much worse,” as cited by AP.
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