Brussels shooting: Police shoot dead attacker who killed Swedes

Police in Brussels have shot dead the man who killed two Swedish nationals on Monday evening.

The 45-year-old man named as Abdesalem was shot in a café in the Schaerbeek neighbourhood.

Two Swedes were killed and a third seriously injured in the automatic rifle attack on Monday.

It took place on Boulevard d’Ypres, 5km (3 miles) from the stadium where Belgium was playing Sweden to qualify for the Euro 2024 football tournament.

Brussels has been on its highest terror alert ever since.

The gunman is believed to be a Tunisian man who was in Belgium illegally, after his asylum application was rejected in 2020.

He posted a video online saying he had killed people in the name of God and the prosecutor’s office believes he was inspired by the Islamic State (IS) group.

Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden said the automatic weapon found on him was the same as the one used in Monday’s attack.

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo called Monday’s shooting “a harrowing act of terrorism” in a press conference, and prosecutors said the victims were probably targeted because they were Swedish.

Sweden’s foreign ministry sent a text message to its citizens in Belgium on Tuesday morning telling them to be vigilant. It later issued a statement urging all Swedes abroad to be careful.



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