The would-be bomber who was "neutralized" on Tuesday at Brussels Central Station during a failed terrorist attack was Moroccan and had ties to ISIS, Belgian authorities said on Wednesday. Contrary to what was initially reported yesterday, the attempted terrorist used a suitcase bomb, not a suicide belt. He is only been identified by the initials "OZ." He was reportedly known to authorities prior to Tuesday.
1. Officials in Belgium have tied the failed suicide bomber, who attempted to detonate a suicide belt in a Brussels station, to IS pic.twitter.com/ivuK6j0Bdb— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) June 21, 2017
2. Federal Prosecution Office says that the failed attacker, identified as "OZ" had "sympathies for the terrorist organization IS" pic.twitter.com/J6gyDpRiRC— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) June 21, 2017
Further, the suspect hailed from an area that has produced numerous ISIS terrorists.
ISIS has not taken credit for the attempted attack in Belgium, but the group typically does not claim to have been behind attacks that failed.
Nobody was injured in Tuesday's explosion. The suspect detonated the device when he noticed that police had discovered him. According to reports, the suspect yelled "Allahu Akbar" prior to the blast.