Troops shoot suspected bomber in Brussels station

Troops shoot suspected bomber in Brussels station

Nicolas Van Herrewegen, a railway sorting agent, told reporters he had gone down to the station's mezzanine level when he heard someone shouting.

People walking away from Brussels Central after an explosion occurred on June 20th, 2017.

Soldiers shot a suspect after a small explosion at the central Brussels train station Tuesday night, a spokeswoman for the city prosecutor's office said.

The station and adjacent historic downtown area, including the baroque Grand Place city square, were packed with tourists and locals on a hot summer evening.

A soldier cordons off an area outside the train station in Brussels after the explosion in the Belgian capital.

Firemen were called to the scene after a report of a small explosion, RTBF broadcaster reported.

"I saw that he had something on him because I could see wires emerging, so it may have been a suicide vest", the witness said.

The city has been on high alert for more than 18 months since Brussels-based Islamic State militants carried out attacks in Paris that killed 130 people there in November 2015 and later bombed Brussels airport and the city's metro in March past year.

"A crowd panicked in the station and ran for the tracks after an incident", said Arnaud Reyman, spokesman for Infrabel, the Belgian railway operator. That person was neutralised by the soldiers that were on the scene.

Police said that the situation was under control by 9:30, though did not elaborate on what had caused the chaos.

Prime Minister Charles Michel and his interior minister were monitoring developments from the national crisis center.