The suspect in the attack this Monday in Brussels of two supporters of the Sweden football team, in which a third was seriously injured, He died this Tuesday from gunshot wounds suffered during his arrest, local press reported.
This is Abdesalem L., of Tunisian origin and who was illegally in Belgium, as confirmed by the Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo, in a press conference before he was shot by police in a cafe in Brussels.
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“This terrorist attack shakes the foundations of our peaceful societies,” said the Belgian Prime MinisterAlexander De Croo, in a press conference early this morning, in which he began by sending, on behalf of Belgium, his “sincere condolences to the people of Sweden.”
The liberal politician offered the “unbreakable solidarity” of his coalition government “in the face of this blind hatred.”
“Together we will fight terrorism with even greater determination,” said the prime minister.
The prosecution reported that The suspect was intercepted early this morning in a cafe on Eugène Verboekhoven Square in Schaarbeek and that a weapon similar to the one used in the attack was found when it was located.
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This morning security forces carried out a search of a house on Huart Hamoirlaan street in the same neighbourhood, which is believed to have been the suspect’s residence.
The federal prosecutor, Frédéric Van Leeuw, reported that the investigation is open and that it has been assigned to an investigating judge in Brussels specialized in terrorism.
“The suspect was not on the OCAD list (of terrorism suspects) because he was not known for terrorist crimes in our databases,” Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden said in Radio 1.
The minister specified that the man “he was included in the police database for acts of common law (in Tunisia), not for acts of terrorism.”
“The attack was unforeseen,” Verlinden said, stating that “the information we have today seems to indicate that the attack is related to Swedish targets. It may also have links to Sweden.”
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According to explanations from the Federal Prosecutor’s Office that took charge of the case, The attacker, who was traveling on a scooter, followed some Swedish followers who got into a taxi. He then opened fire on these people when they were getting out of the vehicle, at the intersection of Place Sainctelette and Boulevard du Ninième de Ligne.
One of the deceased victims is Swedish, while the second is of Swedish origin but also had a Swiss identity card. The third victim, who was seriously injured, is also of Swedish origin, according to federal prosecutor Frédéric Van Leeuw.
The National Crisis Center reported today that the Coordination Body for Threat Analysis (Ocam) maintains the alert in the Brussels-capital region at level 4 (the highest) threat and the rest of Belgium at level 3.
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