Belgian authorities said that two people were killed and another was injured after shooting in Brussels.
If the injured person is a taxi driver, write Belgian Crisis Centre In the update. He should not suffer a life-threatening injury.
The newspaper wrote that at least one of the people who were shot was wearing a Swedish national team uniform Sodenfo la capital.
There was one person who shot. The person in question is said to have arrived on a motorcycle before he began shooting. The shooting took place just after 7 p.m. at Sanctulet Plain, just five kilometers from the stadium where Sweden played a European Championship qualifier against Belgium.
The perpetrator fled the scene, and no one has been arrested yet. The police confirm this to the newspaper News magazine. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced that they… It will have stricter border controls Inside and outside Belgium.
On Tuesday night, Belgian police carried out a large-scale police operation in the Schaerbeek district of Brussels, where the suspected perpetrator is said to have an address. The outcome of the police operation is not currently known.
The Prime Minister of Belgium describes it as terrorism
Shortly before midnight, the Belgian Crisis Center announced that the football stadium where the match between Sweden and Belgium was held had been evacuated.
In a press conference on Tuesday morning, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said this was a cowardly terrorist attack.
Two Swedish men died of terrorist insanity. My condolences on behalf of our country. The perpetrator has not yet been arrested. He says that in the future, there will be an increased police presence and additional protection of places in Belgium linked to Sweden.
– This terrorist attack hits us in the heart. He added that a football match is a party where people celebrate together, and that is exactly what they tend to destroy.
The Prime Minister also announced the formation of a National Security Council, which will be held at 3 pm on Tuesday.
The Swedes were the target
The prosecution began investigating a terrorist case. NTB reports.
A video clip of the episode is circulating, showing a man arriving with a weapon on a motorcycle. People run while there are more explosions. The suspect also fled the city on a motorcycle.
According to RTBF channel The intelligence service has a video clip in which the suspect says that he belongs to ISIS, and that he wants revenge in the name of Islam by killing the Swedes.
The Belgian Public Prosecutor’s Office says the attack was aimed at the Swedes. This attack must have nothing to do with the war between Israel and Hamas
Raise the threat level to the highest level
On Sanctlet Plain, emergency services and heavily armed police are deployed. The security service and members of the government are now holding a crisis meeting. They do not rule out that the shooting incident was a terrorist attack, they said De Standard.
The threat level in Brussels has been raised to 4, the highest threat level, I write South information. In Belgium, the level has been raised to level 3.
The Swedish security police, Sapo, said it was monitoring the shooting incident.
– This is still at an early stage and the investigation lies with the Belgian police. But we always have close cooperation with international partners, not least when it comes to terrorist acts, SAPO spokesman Adam Samara tells Aftonbladet.
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo Type the following on X (formerly Twitter):
– My deepest condolences to those left behind after the cowardly murder attack in Brussels. I am following developments with the Ministers of Justice and Interior from the National Crisis Center. We are monitoring the situation and ask the citizens of Brussels to be careful.
According to the Prime Minister, analysis conducted by OCAD, the body that assesses the terrorist threat in the country, showed that there is no specific threat to children or schools. Therefore, schools will open as usual on Tuesday.
The match has been cancelled
The match between Sweden and Belgium ended in a 1-1 draw in the first half. It was never restarted after the break.
Neither the Swedish nor the Belgian players completed the qualifiers. Belgian HLN reports.
– Now we are in a situation where we do not know whether the match will end or not. “We are now safe inside the stadium, that’s why we play football there,” Martin Friedman, head of security at the Swedish Football Association, told Swedish media.
The Swedish Football Association doesn’t want Swedes going out into the city after the match, says the security chief.
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