Two Swedish citizens were victims of a shooting by an armed intruder in the center of Brussels, according to information provided by the Associated Press.
The incident occurred about five kilometers from the Eisel stadium, where a qualifying match for the Euro 2024 championship between the national teams of Belgium and Sweden was scheduled for the evening of October 16. The victims were wearing the jerseys of the Swedish national team.
According to local sources, the perpetrator is still hiding. In the video that was recorded, he calls himself an ISIS supporter and says that he killed infidels in revenge for Muslims suffering for their religion. It can be assumed that the trigger for the incident was the ongoing conflict between the Gaza Strip and Israel.
The match between Belgium and Sweden was not resumed after the end of the first half when the deaths of two fans in Brussels were reported.
Belgian authorities have raised the country's terrorist threat level to maximum in response to the killing.
An update from AFP reports that the suspect died at the hospital. He was 45 years old, from Tunisia and had been in Belgium illegally since 2019. In his home country, he had a previous conviction for involvement in human trafficking.
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