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Gunman Suspected Of Killing Two Swedish Nationals In Brussels Terrorist Attack Dies

In a harrowing turn of events, the gunman suspected of killing two Swedish nationals in Brussels terrorist attack dies, bringing an end to an overnight manhunt.

Author:Suleman Shah
Reviewer:Han Ju
Oct 18, 2023
In a harrowing turn of events, the gunman suspected of killing two Swedish nationals in Brussels terrorist attack dies, bringing an end to an overnight manhunt.
The Belgian federal prosecutor's office confirmed the suspect's death on Tuesday, although the identity of the assailant has yet to be officially confirmed.
The suspect was located by a witness in a cafe in the Brussels municipality of Schaerbeek shortly after 8:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday and subsequently shot during an "intervention" by the police, as reported by Belgium's National Crisis Center (NCCN).
Despite efforts by emergency services to resuscitate the suspect, he was declared dead at a hospital later that morning, and a military weapon was found at the scene.
Belgian officials are investigating a potential connection between the attack and the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, as reported by Belgium public broadcaster RTBF.
The assailant, in a video posted on social media, claimed to be "inspired by the Islamic State." The federal prosecutor's office spokesperson stated that "the Swedish nationality of the victims was mentioned as a probable motivation for the act."
Furthermore, the attacker had shared messages in support of the Palestinian people on social media, suggesting a possible role of the Middle East situation in the motivation behind the attack.
Belgian police officers from the forensic service search for evidence in a street.
Belgian police officers from the forensic service search for evidence in a street.

The Impact On Freedom Of Speech Laws

While initial indications point towards potential motivations, the federal prosecutor's office emphasized the necessity of a more in-depth investigation to uncover the exact reasons behind the attacker's actions.
Initially, there was no indication of a link with the Israel-Hamas war, as stated by the federal public prosecutor's spokesman, Eric van Duyse.
The deadly shooting in Brussels follows a series of Quran-burning protests in Sweden and Denmark, which have ignited demonstrations in Muslim-majority countries and raised concerns about freedom of speech laws in both Scandinavian nations.
This incident has left many questioning whether there is a need to review their liberal laws on freedom of speech in light of these events.

International Reactions And Security Measures

Belgian authorities have strongly condemned the attack, with Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib calling for all necessary means to be mobilized to combat radicalism.
The terror threat level in Brussels has been raised to its highest level, level 4. The French Interior Ministry also revealed that checks at the Franco-Belgian border had been "strengthened."
Police presence in Brussels has been enhanced to ensure the safety of the city's residents, as confirmed by Mayor Philippe Close. The UEFA announced a moment of silence at all Euro 2024 qualifying matches to honor the victims of the attack.
The European Parliament held a minute of silence for the victims, and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola disclosed that the alert level for European Parliament buildings in Brussels had been raised to orange.
Swedish supporters react as they wait in the stand during the Euro 2024 qualifying match.
Swedish supporters react as they wait in the stand during the Euro 2024 qualifying match.

Swedish Prime Minister's Response

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson called for the European Union to bolster border controls and internal security in the wake of the terrorist attack. He emphasized that the region could not afford to be "naive" in the face of such threats.
Kristersson expressed that this was a terror attack targeting Sweden and its citizens due to their nationality, and he called for resilience and unity in the face of such violence.
Kristersson announced his plans to travel to Brussels on Wednesday to commemorate and mourn the victims of the attack, reiterating his commitment to standing strong against terrorism.

Final Words

The tragic terrorist attack in Brussels, resulting in the death of two Swedish nationals and the assailant, has raised concerns about potential links to the Israel-Hamas conflict and the impact of freedom of speech laws.
The international community has expressed its condolences and heightened security measures in response to the incident. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson called for strengthened security and unity against terrorism.
As investigations continue, this devastating event serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing challenges posed by terrorism and the need for vigilance in ensuring the safety of citizens and visitors alike.
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Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah is a researcher and freelance writer. As a researcher, he has worked with MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (Pakistan) and Texas A & M University (USA). He regularly writes science articles and blogs for science news website and open access publishers OA Publishing London and Scientific Times. He loves to keep himself updated on scientific developments and convert these developments into everyday language to update the readers about the developments in the scientific era. His primary research focus is Plant sciences, and he contributed to this field by publishing his research in scientific journals and presenting his work at many Conferences. Shah graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan) and started his professional carrier with Jaffer Agro Services and later with the Agriculture Department of the Government of Pakistan. His research interest compelled and attracted him to proceed with his carrier in Plant sciences research. So, he started his Ph.D. in Soil Science at MNS University of Agriculture Multan (Pakistan). Later, he started working as a visiting scholar with Texas A&M University (USA). Shah’s experience with big Open Excess publishers like Springers, Frontiers, MDPI, etc., testified to his belief in Open Access as a barrier-removing mechanism between researchers and the readers of their research. Shah believes that Open Access is revolutionizing the publication process and benefitting research in all fields.
Han Ju

Han Ju

Hello! I'm Han Ju, the heart behind World Wide Journals. My life is a unique tapestry woven from the threads of news, spirituality, and science, enriched by melodies from my guitar. Raised amidst tales of the ancient and the arcane, I developed a keen eye for the stories that truly matter. Through my work, I seek to bridge the seen with the unseen, marrying the rigor of science with the depth of spirituality. Each article at World Wide Journals is a piece of this ongoing quest, blending analysis with personal reflection. Whether exploring quantum frontiers or strumming chords under the stars, my aim is to inspire and provoke thought, inviting you into a world where every discovery is a note in the grand symphony of existence. Welcome aboard this journey of insight and exploration, where curiosity leads and music guides.
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