Incident Summary:

"06/20/2017: A suicide bomber attempted to detonate an explosives-laden suitcase at the Brussels Central Station in Brussels, Belgium. The suitcase partially detonated twice without causing any casualties or damage. Following the failed blasts, the assailant charged soldiers while shouting "Allahu Akbar" before he was shot and killed. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources identified the assailant as Oussama Zariouh and stated that he was sympathetic to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)."




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity National Railway Company of Belgium
Specific Description Brussels Central Station
Nationality of Target Belgium
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden suitcase containing TATP, gas canisters, and nails was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Brussels - Brussels attacker identified as Moroccan with nail bomb," AFP (North European Service), June 21, 2017."
"Bomb Is Detonated in Brussels Train Station," The New York Times, June 20, 2017."
"Brussels bombing: Station attack device contained TATP, initial assessment shows," CNN, June 21, 2017."