Brussels Central Station evacuated after ‘explosion’

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A man was shot by security forces at Brussels Central Station following an attempted bomb attack, Belgian officials have confirmed.

The person reportedly caused a small explosion before being shot by the authorities. No one else was injured.

Belgian police officers outside Brussels Central Station following a previous incident. Picture: Getty

Belgian police officers outside Brussels Central Station following a previous incident. Picture: Getty

The station and the city’s main square, the Grand Place, were evacuated following the incident on Tuesday evening.

According to Belgian newspaper La Libre, the man was wearing a rucksack and a bomb belt.

He detonated a device when he attracted the attention of soldiers in the station, the paper said.

The Belgian capital has stepped up security in public places following an attack in March 2016 at the city’s main airport and on the metro system that killed 32 people.