Two Swedish individuals were shot dead in Brussels on Monday evening, according to Belgian police. The victims were confirmed to be Swedish by Belgium’s prime minister. In response to the incident, Brussels has raised its terror threat level to the highest level. The Belgium-Sweden Euro 2024 qualifier football match, taking place in the city, was abandoned as a result, as announced by UEFA. The shooter fled the scene and is currently still at large. Prosecutors are treating the shooting as an act of terrorism.
A video circulating on social media features an Arabic-speaking man claiming responsibility for the attack in the name of God. In the video, the man states that he has killed three people. However, the Federal Prosecutor’s office has not confirmed whether the man in the video is the actual gunman. The police are currently verifying the video and other footage related to the incident.
Following the shooting on the Boulevard d’Ypres, federal prosecutors in Belgium have opened a terrorism probe. A video shared by newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws shows an individual wearing a fluorescent jacket disembarking from a scooter armed with what appears to be an assault-style rifle. The person then enters a nearby glass-fronted building and appears to shoot at least one person.
Authorities have cordoned off nearby roads, and police and emergency services are present at the scene. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo expressed his condolences to the Swedish Prime Minister and emphasized the joint fight against terrorism.
It is currently unknown whether the victims were in Brussels to watch their national team play.