Bruxelles: l'auteur présumé de l'explosion ''terroriste'' abattu

Des militaires qui circulaient dans la gare de Bruxelles-Central (BEL) ont abattu l'auteur présumé de l'explosion ''terroriste'' ayant eu lieu. Personne n'a été blessé par l'attaque. La circulation des trains a été suspendue dans la capitale belge et des lignes de bus ont été déviées du centre-ville.
21 juin 2017, 06:56
/ Màj. le 21 juin 2017 à 10:50
Le Centre de crise du ministère de l'Intérieur a maintenu mardi soir le niveau de la menace à 3 sur une échelle de 4.

L'auteur présumé d'une "attaque terroriste" a été abattu par des soldats belges après une explosion dans une gare de Bruxelles. L'acte n'a pas fait de blessés mais il s'ajoute à une vague d'attentats djihadistes dans plusieurs pays européens.

Mardi vers 20h50, des militaires qui circulaient dans la gare de Bruxelles-Central, l'une des plus grandes de Belgique, ont "neutralisé avec des coups de feu" un individu, a indiqué un porte-parole de la police belge, Peter De Waele. Il venait de déclencher une modeste explosion dans l'une des trois gares principales de la capitale belge. Son décès a été annoncé peu après minuit.

"Nous considérons qu'il s'agit d'un acte terroriste", a déclaré en fin de soirée le porte-parole du bureau du procureur fédéral belge, Eric Van der Sypt. Les autorités n'ont pas dit un mot sur l'identité de l'homme en question. Elles ont également refusé de commenter des témoignages de témoins disant qu'il avait hurlé des slogans islamistes avant de passer à l'action.

"A l'entresol, quelqu'un criait. J'ai pas prêté attention. Puis il a crié ''Allah Akbar'' ("Dieu est le plus grand" en arabe). Et là il a fait exploser le trolley (valise à roulettes, ndlr)", a déclaré Nicolas Van Herrewegen, témoin direct de la scène, agent de triage de la Société nationale des chemins de fer belges (SNCB).

 

 

La "petite explosion", selon les termes utilisés par les autorités, semblait provenir d'une valise, selon un témoin. Des photos sur les réseaux sociaux montraient une gerbe de feu de plusieurs mètres dans les couloirs de la gare, apparemment peu fréquentés.

 

 

Trafic interrompu

La circulation des trains a été suspendue dans la capitale belge et des lignes de bus ont été déviées du centre-ville. Le métro était gratuit pour aider les gens à rentrer chez eux. Quelque 60'000 passagers prennent le train chaque jour à la gare de Bruxelles-Central, mais l'heure de pointe était passée au moment de l'incident.

L'imposant périmètre de sécurité a été réduit après minuit dans la gare, située en plein centre de Bruxelles et à quelques centaines de mètres de la célèbre Grand-Place de Bruxelles.

Le Premier ministre belge Charles Michel a convoqué un conseil de sécurité mercredi à 09h. "Merci à nos soldats, aux services de sécurité et au personnel de la SNCB pour leur professionnalisme et leur courage", a-t-il écrit sur son compte Twitter.

 

 

Le Centre de crise du ministère de l'Intérieur a maintenu mardi soir le niveau de la menace à 3 sur une échelle de 4, ce qui signifie que les autorités n'ont pas d'information faisant craindre une nouvelle attaque imminente.

Belgian Army soldiers and police patrol outside Central Station after a reported explosion in Brussels on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Belgian Army soldiers and police patrol outside Central Station after a reported explosion in Brussels on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
epa06039906 People walk past an armed soldier outside of the Brussels Central Station after a neutralized terrorist attack attempt, in Brussels, Belgium, 20 June 2017. According to Belgian media, police shot a suspect wearing an explosive belt at the Brussels Central Station. Belgian police also confirmed there was a small explosion in the Brussels Central Station, but said there are not much damage done and situation is under control. The cause of the explosion is unknown.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ
epa06039906 People walk past an armed soldier outside of the Brussels Central Station after a neutralized terrorist attack attempt, in Brussels, Belgium, 20 June 2017. According to Belgian media, police shot a suspect wearing an explosive belt at the Brussels Central Station. Belgian police also confirmed there was a small explosion in the Brussels Central Station, but said there are not much damage done and situation is under control. The cause of the explosion is unknown. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ ©KEYSTONE
epa06039927 Police and military presence outside of the Brussels Central Station after a neutralized terrorist attack attempt, in Brussels, Belgium, 20 June 2017. According to Belgian media, police shot a suspect wearing an explosive belt at the Brussels Central Station. Belgian police also confirmed there was a small explosion in the Brussels Central Station, but said there are not much damage done and situation is under control. The cause of the explosion is unknown.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
epa06039927 Police and military presence outside of the Brussels Central Station after a neutralized terrorist attack attempt, in Brussels, Belgium, 20 June 2017. According to Belgian media, police shot a suspect wearing an explosive belt at the Brussels Central Station. Belgian police also confirmed there was a small explosion in the Brussels Central Station, but said there are not much damage done and situation is under control. The cause of the explosion is unknown. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET ©KEYSTONE
epa06040038 Bomb squad arrives at the Brussels Central Station after a neutralized terrorist attack attempt, in Brussels, Belgium, 20 June 2017. According to Belgian media, police shot a suspect wearing an explosive belt at the Brussels Central Station. Belgian police also confirmed there was a small explosion in the Brussels Central Station, but said there are not much damage done and situation is under control. The cause of the explosion is unknown.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ
epa06040038 Bomb squad arrives at the Brussels Central Station after a neutralized terrorist attack attempt, in Brussels, Belgium, 20 June 2017. According to Belgian media, police shot a suspect wearing an explosive belt at the Brussels Central Station. Belgian police also confirmed there was a small explosion in the Brussels Central Station, but said there are not much damage done and situation is under control. The cause of the explosion is unknown. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ ©KEYSTONE
epa06040022 Belgian Federal prosecutor Eric Van der Syp gives a press briefing at Brussels Central Station after a neutralized terrorist attack attempt, in Brussels, Belgium, 20 June 2017.  According to Belgian media, police shot a suspect wearing an explosive belt at the Brussels Central Station. Belgian police also confirmed there was a small explosion in the Brussels Central Station, but said there are not much damage done and situation is under control. The cause of the explosion is unknown.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
epa06040022 Belgian Federal prosecutor Eric Van der Syp gives a press briefing at Brussels Central Station after a neutralized terrorist attack attempt, in Brussels, Belgium, 20 June 2017. According to Belgian media, police shot a suspect wearing an explosive belt at the Brussels Central Station. Belgian police also confirmed there was a small explosion in the Brussels Central Station, but said there are not much damage done and situation is under control. The cause of the explosion is unknown. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET ©KEYSTONE
An investigator takes a photo and painters repair an area inside a cordon where an explosive device went off inside Central Station in Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Belgian authorities said they foiled a "terror attack" when soldiers shot a suspect in the heart of Brussels after a small explosion at a busy train station Tuesday on a night that continued a week of attacks in the capitals of Europe. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
An investigator takes a photo and painters repair an area inside a cordon where an explosive device went off inside Central Station in Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Belgian authorities said they foiled a "terror attack" when soldiers shot a suspect in the heart of Brussels after a small explosion at a busy train station Tuesday on a night that continued a week of attacks in the capitals of Europe. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Belgian Army soldiers patrol inside Central Station in Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Belgian authorities said they foiled a "terror attack" when soldiers shot a suspect in the heart of Brussels after a small explosion at a busy train station Tuesday on a night that continued a week of attacks in the capitals of Europe. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Belgian Army soldiers patrol inside Central Station in Brussels on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Belgian authorities said they foiled a "terror attack" when soldiers shot a suspect in the heart of Brussels after a small explosion at a busy train station Tuesday on a night that continued a week of attacks in the capitals of Europe. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) ©Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.