Brussels bomber was Moroccan national aged 36

The soldier shot the man dead.

Authorities reported no casualties, apart from the attacker who was killed in the confrontation.

The man who attempted to detonate a nail bomb at a Brussels train station and shouted "Allahu akbar" on Tuesday has been identified by Belgian authorities as a 36-year-old Moroccan national. On Monday, an armed man was killed in Paris after he rammed a vehicle loaded with weapons and explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Élysées.

Barker said the incident brought memories of two attacks in March 2016 when suicide bombers struck the metro system and an airport in the city, killing 32 people and wounding hundreds more.

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Molenbeek, an impoverished borough with a big Moroccan Muslim population just acrossBrussels' industrial canal from its historic center, gained notoriety after an Islamic State cell based there mounted suicide attacks on Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people.

Van der Sypt said no one else was injured and the damage from the explosion was limited.

The Belgian Foreign Ministry said there is no indication of other incidents but the threat level remains at 3, which warns of a "possible and likely threat".

They say he then went down to a platform and ran after a station master at which point the bag, which contained nails and gas canisters meant to hurt people, exploded more violently. Grand Place, a major tourist site which lies about 200m (656ft) away, was also evacuated. I went down and alerted my colleagues to evacuate everyone.

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"He was not known to the authorities for any terrorism connection", Van Der Sypt said, declining to give the man's full name while the investigation continues. "He (the suspect) was still around but after that we didn't see him". In the end, there was a small explosion to which soldiers reacted immediately.

Belgium's Crisis Centre, which monitors security threats in the country, said it did not see a need to raise the country's terror threat and kept it at the second-highest mark.

The country's law enforcement agencies and intelligence services came under intense scrutiny amid claims that a series of leads were missed after the Paris attacks that could have led to the Brussels bombers.

Molenbeek was the home and transit point for numerous suspects linked to attacks in Brussels and in Paris in November 2015.

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Central Station is one of the three main stations in the Belgian capital, along with Gare du Midi and Gare du Nord.

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