On Monday evening, a shooting took place in Brussels, killing two people of Swedish nationality, local police reported. According to information from the Belgian media, the victims of the attack were fans of the Swedish national team, whose team was playing a qualifying match for the European Championship that day. The meeting was interrupted. The perpetrator of the attack has not yet been caught.
Two people were killed on Monday in a shooting in Brussels near Place Sanctelette. The man who shot two fans of the Swedish national football team shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, the 7sur7 news portal reported.
Other Belgian media also report on the attack. The newspaper “Het Laaste Niews” posted a video on its website showing a man in an orange jacket on a scooter and with a rifle who first fired two shots, then three more, then ran into the building, fired two more shots, came out and shot another once.
7sur7 also reports that in the video posted on Facebook, the attacker claims to be a member of the Islamic State and boasts about “killing infidels.” He allegedly cited the desire to “avenge the Muslims” as the motive for the attack in Brussels.
“I express my sincerest condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the cowardly attack in Brussels. We are following the developments of the situation and ask the people of Brussels to remain vigilant,” wrote Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on the X platform.
Elimination match interrupted
On Monday in Brussels, at the Heysel Stadium, approximately 5 km from the site of the attack, Sweden played against Belgium in the qualifiers for the European Championship 2024 – the match was interrupted and the Belgian television RTBF suspended the broadcast.
The head of security at the Swedish Football Association, Martin Fredman, appealed to Swedish fans not to go out after the match, where they usually celebrate victory or solace in defeat in bars.
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